Harold “Hal” Lane Wagner, 78, of Avondale, died Saturday, March 4, at his home surrounded by family.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Charles F. and Margaret F. Anderson Wagner.
He graduated Kennett High School in 1957 where he was a baseball pitcher and earned the nickname “Honus.” He was also an active member of their FFA program. Harold was a life-long farmer and lived the majority of his life on the family’s century farm on Hillendale Road. Harold was famous for joke telling and his quick wit. He made an impact on everyone he met. Harold regularly had coffee with friends before starting his busy day. In his 40s, Hal picked up golfing and joined the Over the Hill Gang golf group. It wasn’t allowed to rain on Thursdays, his weekly golf day. Hal had a passion for Oliver tractors and began collecting and restoring them. For the past 10 years, he enjoyed spending winters in Florida with friends and his brother, Wayne.
Survivors include his only daughter, Julianne Wagner Desmond and her husband Darren of Phoenix, Az.; his brother, C. Wayne Wagner and his wife Terry of Wilton, N.H.; four grandchildren, Sarah, Katie, Maggie and Darren Jr., along with many nieces and nephews who he adored. To many in the family, he was known as “Uncle Bear.”
You are invited to visit with Harold’s family from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) 250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348. A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 11 a.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19103. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com