John W. Wagner was born in Hamilton, Ohio, August 18,
1861. His parents came to Kansas City in 1869, so that he was
really reared in Kansas City. He went through the public
schools, and at the conclusion of his school days embarked in the
In 1883 Mr. Wagner moved to Central City,
Colorado, where he went into the undertaking business, and has ever
since followed the profession of undertaker.
In 1887 he returned to Kansas City, and has
always played a prominent part in the life of the town. In
recognition of Mr. Wagner's popularity and high standing, he was
appointed president of the State Board of Embalming by Governor
Stephens, and also served a term as president of the Missouri State
Funeral Directors' Association.
He is prominent in Democratic politics,
belongs to the Elks, and is president of the German-American Bank, and
a director of the German Hospital.
Mr. Wagner was married in 1888 to Miss Ella
Doyle, of Cheyenne, Wyo. and they have one daughter, Mildred.