Nelson James Wagner, Sr.

February 7, 1937 - May 16, 2021

02/07/1937 - 05/16/2021

Past Services

Friday May 28, 2021
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Saturday May 29, 2021
Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-0460 | Directions
Saturday May 29, 2021
12:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
2244 Marshall Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003

Nelson James Wagner Sr., 84, formerly of Wheeling, West Virginia and The Villages, Florida passed away on May 16, 2021, peacefully in his home. Beloved husband of the late Pauline (Chiazza) Wagner for 37
years. Devoted father of Nelson and his wife Kathleen of Sarasota, FL, Edward and his wife Laurie of Kennesaw, GA. Adoring Grandfather to Lauren, Samuel, and Benjamin. Brother of Edward Jr. and Barry
Wagner. Treasured uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Nelson Sr. was born on February 7, 1937 in Wheeling, WV, the son of Edward Sr. and Betty (Ratcliffe) Wagner. Nelson attended Wheeling H.S. and upon graduation enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in
Okinawa, Japan. He returned home in 1960 to marry his beloved wife Pauline, settling in Wheeling, WV where they raised their two sons. Nelson Sr. was active in West Virginia politics while working for
Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel. After working in the steel factories for 17 years, Wagner served as the President of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Beach Bottom Union for 18 years. After retiring in 1999, Nelson
Sr. relocated to The Villages, FL in 2003.  From Nelson’s days in West Virginia to playing golf at The Villages, where he loved his cheeseburger special at the country club, his love of golf and sports ran deep. Without words, Nelson’s family felt his love and devotion. He never tired of watching or talking about his grandchildren, WVU football and basketball teams. #ALMOSTHEAVEN #GOMOUNTAINEERS
Visitation will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger St. from 4-8 pm on Friday May 28, 2021.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Vincent de Paul church at 12 pm on Saturday May 29, 2021.
Interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

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2 years ago

With deepest sympathy,for your family’s loss.

Cindy Aquaro Wiethe
2 years ago

Heartfelt thoughts to the Wagner family in this time sorrow.

Gary Thalman, North Port, Florida
2 years ago

Rest In Peace my friend. !!

Dennis R Albaugh
2 years ago

My sincere and humble condolences to the family and friends of Nelson. Denny Albaugh

James Paul
2 years ago

Wagner family,
So sad to hear of the passing of Nelson. His kindness to me when I was at Wheeling Central was always appreciated. What a good and decent man. “Daddy Wags”, hope you revel in all the good memories. Coach Paul

Bruce Kibby
2 years ago

Condolences to Nelson’s sons, grandchildren, and brothers. He will certainly be missed. Nelson was an honest, hard-working, and caring man. His life touched so many others in a positive way. Good memories of good times will eventually ease the pain of his loss.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
2 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Nelson James Wagner, Sr., give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Nelson James Wagner, Sr., is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †