Saline, Michigan

An incredibly special man left this world.

Intelligent, inquisitive, and with a wry sense of humor, John Wagner never shied away from supporting the underdog and putting his efforts toward doing the right thing. For thirty-two years, he educated and coached high schoolers. Beyond being a teacher of mathematics and English, he was passionate about problem-solving, curiosity, developing relationships, and preparing good humans to go out into the world. John courageously fought his own demons during his life, and he went on to support many others through twelve-step programs and grief groups. He was nonjudgmental and open to hearing everyone’s story, and people freely told him theirs.

John’s generosity will be missed by all those who were lucky enough to be taught, coached, tutored, fed, and loved by him. He leaves behind a heartbroken family, including his wife Jill Stefani Wagner, daughter and son-in-law Amanda Wagner Ricketts and Dr. Robert Ricketts, grandchildren Brady, Max, Oliver, and Josie Ricketts, brother Robin (Jill Baker) Wagner, sisters-in-law Lynn (Linus) Drogs and Beth Stefani, in addition to many other nephews, nieces, family, and friends.

A celebration of life gathering was held in November. If you would like to share a memory or story with the family, please send to johnwagnermemorial@gmail.com. Donations in John’s name may be made to Ele’s Place: A Healing Center for Grieving Children and Teens. https://elesplace.org/branch-locations/ann-arbor/ways-give