Robert A. ‘Bob’ Wagner

Robert (Bob) Allen Wagner passed away on the morning of Saturday April 3rd, 2021 at LMH Health in Lawrence, Kansas. Robert was born in Lawrence on October 19th, 1934 to Henry and Bernice Wagner and was the oldest of four children, Dale (d), Carol McCorkill (d) and Michael.

He married Sharon Dumas in 1956 and together they had two children, David (Kathy) and Tracy Hood (Joel) who survive in Lawrence. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Laura, Elizabeth Arndt (David), Robert (Caitlin), Jacob, and Sarah; and four great-grandchildren, Parker, Logan, Eloise, and Cooper.

Robert was a lifelong citizen of Lawrence. His early life was spent working on his father’s farms and running many of his father’s businesses. He attended Central Christian College in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and later the University of Kansas. Shortly after getting married, he was drafted into the Army where he served much of his duty at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After completing his service he returned to Lawrence to run his father’s businesses and start a family. Eventually, Robert worked for the distribution center of AB Coker and in semi-retirement, worked for Brown and Williamson.

In his younger years, Robert was an outstanding bowler who was well known throughout the Lawrence bowling community. He was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Lawrence. Robert had many talents and interests ranging from woodworking, reading, working with computers, and playing the organ. He also enjoyed spending time with fellow Lawrence High alumni. In retirement, he was dedicated to following his grandchildren at all of their recitals, athletic, and school events.

Robert, also known as Bob, Dad, Grandpa, and Papa, was dearly loved by his family and will be in their hearts forever.

The family will hold a private memorial in his honor and request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Lawrence Humane Society ( or the Alzheimer’s Association (