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William A. Wagner

February 28, 1926 ~ May 20, 2022 (age 96)


Dr. William A. Wagner, 96, of East Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away on May 19, 2022, surrounded by his adoring family. He was born to parents Ralph and Edith Booth Wagner, on February 28, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio. William graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy (1944) in Lebanon, TN. William bravely served in World War II with the U.S. Navy on the South Pacific theater on the USS Grundy APA from 1944 to 1946. Subsequently, William received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling State University (1949) and then a Doctorate Degree from A.T. Still College of Medicine (1953) in Kirksville, MO. He established his Residency of Internal Medicine the Art Center Hospital in Detroit, Michigan from 1965 to 1957. He served as a Certified Internist at Metropolitan Hospital from as well an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan State University from 1966 to 1992.

William married Roberta Ann Schuetz. She preceded William by passing on January 19, 2000. William is survived by daughter Kathryn DeGraaf, husband Gary and granddaughters Briee Ann DeGraaf and  Lauren Wolfe and husband Mitch. Daughter Trudy Brenner, granddaughter Jessica, and grandsons Will and Joseph. Daughter Kim Canepa, husband Peter, granddaughters Nicole and Christina Canepa and grandsons Cameron and Peter Canepa.

His brave service in the Navy resulted in his hobby and love of Nautical collecting as well as his love of gardening. Everyone who visited his home could enjoy his collection of Nautical items.

There will be an open house on Sunday June 5th, 2022, from 1:00-5:00pm, we welcome all family friends to stop by to share stories with his family, for more information please email

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