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Rich Wagner, KC4IHO – SK

Rich Wagner KC4IHO

Rich Wagner, KC4IHO - Silent Key (SK)

At this holiday time of year, it is especially difficult to announce the passing of Rich Wagner KC4IHO on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 from complications due to COVID-19.  Rich was very active in Amateur Radio and served as Club Vice President in 2020 and was Club President-Elect for 2021.  His service to the world, our country, our state, our local community, and Amateur Radio will be greatly missed.

Depending upon COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, services or a celebration of life may be planned for a later date.

A “Silent Key” Service is planned for the Sunday Night Net on December 27th at approximately 8 PM EST to honor Rich for his contribution and support of Amateur Radio and the help & friendship he gave to one and all.  Details on how to listen in or participate on the Sunday Night Net are available here.

An informal “obituary” taken from Facebook sums up much of Rich’s life, accomplishments, and his core values:


“Richard Charles Wagner lived an extraordinary life. He was born on 6/22/1950 in Erie, PA. He served as a Marine from 1968-1972, and fought for his country in the Vietnam War. He married the love of his life, Ramona, a gorgeous redhead on 05/18/1969 and together they had two beautiful daughters, Sherry and Tasia. After he was discharged from the service, he served as a Tennessee State Trooper, and eventually he answered God’s call to missionary service. He and Ramona dropped all the comforts of a life in the United States, packed up their children, and served as missionaries in Colombia, Peru, and Mexico. They carried the word of God to dark and intense places, led countless people to God’s saving grace, and experienced everything from living in the rain forest, finding themselves being smuggled out of a country in the trunk of a car, eating snakes and guinea pigs, learning to dance traditional Latin American and Spanish dances, and loving on everyone they met.

In his later years, Rich enjoyed teaching his grandchildren to shoot, bake bread, shooting SASS under the pseudonym Cherokee Slim, and singing in his church choir. His grandchildren will never forget the movie nights, meals, and wisdom he provided, or the delicious bread he baked. Some of their most precious memories include him officiating their weddings and being present at any and all sport/performance /graduations they might have had. He passed away 12/22/2020 due to complications from Covid-19. He is survived by his wife, Ramona Wagner, his daughter Sherry Dagnan and her husband, Michael, his grandchildren: Meagan Peck and her husband Nick, Kenneth Charles Shelton, Brandon Shelton, Rachel Timchak and her husband Jared, and Eric Ryan Pike and his sister Beth Koehne
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Please find joy with us as we celebrate that one of God’s good and faithful servants has gone home to be with his Lord. As a final thought, when you get to heaven, look in the choir. He will be there or out on the shooting range, it’s a toss up which one.”


The membership of the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club expresses our deepest, heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his family and friends.

Gary Ownsby, AK4ZX
President 2020
Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Website:  https://www.w4am.net
Club Phone Number:  423-308-3477

2020-12-24

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