ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Keith L. Wagner, 61, went to be with Jesus and all his guardian angels July 20, 2022, at University of Michigan Hospital Ann Arbor after a short illness related to a spinal cord injury. Keith was born Nov. 25, 1960, in Hoisington, Kan., the son of Lawrence Eugene and Wilma Lucile Sypolt Wagner.
Keith graduated from Hoisington High School in 1979. He was a 1983 graduate of Kansas State University Chemical Engineering Honors Program where he was also a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Blue Key Honor Society and editor of Kansas State Engineer.
Keith was retired from Guardian Industries, a privately held industrial manufacturer of glass in Auburn Hills where he was a chemical engineer.
Keith is most remembered for his kindness and giving spirit.
Immediate survivors include sisters Wanda Madden (Mike) of Hoisington, Kan. and Nora Kirkpatrick of Pocatello, Idaho; nieces Marcie (Jonathan) Thompson of Sedgwick, Kan. and Dr. Kellee Kirkpatrick and husband Dr. Jim Stoutenborough of Pocatello, Idaho; nephews Michael Madden of Wichita, Kan. and Kody (Holly) Kirkpatrick of Royce City, Texas. In addition, great nieces Grace Thompson, Teal Kirkpatrick, and Pruitt Kirkpatrick; God children Brie, Gabriel, and Alaina Dehn of Westland, Mich. and beloved Golden Icey. Also, cousins in the Wagner, Sypolt, Van Brimmer and Clifton families.
Keith was preceded in death by parents Lawrence and Wilma Wagner; sister Nell Marie Wagner; and beloved aunt Wanda Lee Deer. Also preceded by family members in the Wagner, Sypolt, Moorhead, and Van Brimmer families.
A celebration service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at Faith Community Family Center, 293 W Barton Co Rd, Great Bend, Kan. with Kellee Kirkpatrick presiding and lunch following. A private inurnment will be later held at the Hoisington Cemetery in Hoisington, Kan. A memorial for Keith L. Wagner has been established at the Kansas State University Foundation. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: KSU Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Ste 200, Manhattan, KS, 66502, please indicate fund M47412. To make a gift online, go to www.ksufoundation.org/give/memorials.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 27, 2022