Harold “Hal” Lane Wagner

December 16, 1938 - March 4, 2017 Avondale, PA | Age 78 Loving Father, Brother, Grandfather and Uncle

Harold “Hal” Lane Wagner, age 78, of Avondale, PA, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.

Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late Charles F. and Margaret F. Anderson Wagner.
He graduated Kennett High School in 1957 where he was a baseball pitcher and earned the nickname “Honus.” He was also an active member of their FFA program. Harold was a life-long farmer and lived the majority of his life on the family’s century farm on Hillendale Road. Harold was famous for joke telling and his quick wit. He made an impact on everyone he met. Harold regularly had coffee with friends before starting his busy day. In his 40s, Hal picked up golfing and joined the Over the Hill Gang golf group. It wasn’t allowed to rain on Thursdays, his weekly golf day. Hal had a passion for Oliver tractors and began collecting and restoring them. For the past 10 years he enjoyed spending winters in Florida with friends and his brother, Wayne.

Survivors include his only daughter, Julianne Wagner Desmond and her husband Darren of Phoenix, AZ; his brother, C. Wayne Wagner and his wife Terry of Wilton, NH; four grandchildren, Sarah, Katie, Maggie and Darren Jr., along with many nieces and nephews who he adored. To many in the family, he was known as “Uncle Bear.”

You are invited to visit with Harold’s family from 10-11AM Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) 250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348. A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 11AM. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19103. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com

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American Cancer Society

1626 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103



March 23, 2017 10-11AM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Celebration of Life

March 23, 2017 11AM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. Sorry to hear of Hal’s passing. I graduated with him in 1957 and would get together during reunions.
    I was away when I received a phone call from another classmate who relayed the sad news.
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.

    Boojie Pannell Medon | March 22, 2017 at 5:17 PM
  2. Hal will always have a special place in my heart. He was a good friend to my husband Tom and myself. He, Mary Ellen,Tom and I had many good years and memories together wherever we all went. He opened his heart, home and anything else he had to share with anyone who needed something. One thing can be said about Hal “He did it his way”. Hal is now in heaven driving his tractors and tending to his corn.
    We all miss you Hal.

    Kathy McVaugh | March 15, 2017 at 4:02 PM
  3. So sorry to hear of the loss of Harold. He was a great advocator for our class of `57. His presence will always be missed when we gather.

    Patsy Vanderkraats | March 10, 2017 at 11:55 AM
  4. Honus is the only name I called him.After graduating from Kennett in 1957, we kept our relationship going. You & Julie will be in my prayers.

    Ron Caputo | March 10, 2017 at 10:32 AM
  5. Hal will be truly missed by all. How he love he his hometown, and I know it loved him back, everywhere we went he always knew someone and he always stopped to talk them like he all day, he loved people. I feel Kennett won’t be the same without Hal in it. He was a hard worker and love his work. Hal loved his family and his grandchildren were the light of his life. Hal was one of the good guys, he was always there for you. I loved him and I feel a great loss of him.

    Maryellen Rowe | March 10, 2017 at 12:51 AM
  6. What a friend. Paled around with Hal starting in high school & the FFA back in 1955. Double dates for dinner & movies. Don’ know how many times we played golf with the Thursday gang. Hal, you were always fun to be with. We all miss you very much.

    Jerry Shank | March 9, 2017 at 1:52 PM
  7. Harold was such a great friend to my dad and our family. When I was 6 or 7 I had fallen asleep under a bed. My mom couldn’t find me, my dad was out of town ( no cell phones in the 70’s), so she called Harold. He looked for me by foot in the woods for a couple hours till I woke up and emerged from the bedroom. That’s the kind of guy he was. After my dad passed he would visit his grave then call and give me updates on its condition. We’ll truly miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    John Woodward | March 9, 2017 at 11:21 AM
  8. So sorry for the loss of your dad. I have known him for a long time. He was a good friend of my Uncle Charlie. Now he was a friend of mine enjoying our coffee together at McDonalds. He was always so nice to us girls especially when corn was in season. He always told us to pick as much corn as we wanted from his crop. Will miss our conversations at coffee. With sincere sympathy Elaine Fiore.

    Elaine Fiore | March 9, 2017 at 8:29 AM
  9. Many good memories at the Wagner home.

    Debbie Whisler | March 9, 2017 at 3:22 AM
  10. So sorry to hear of Harolds passing. A great friend of our 1957 class. Harold & his family will be in our prayers. Frank & Ruthie DiBenedetto

    Ruth DiBenedetto | March 8, 2017 at 7:15 PM
  11. We enjoyed visiting with Harold and Mary Ellen while they were in Cape Coral. Harold always insisted we eat with them or we all go out to eat. He and Larry spent hours reliving and catching up on the happenings and the people they both knew in the Landenberg area. We looked forward to spending a day or two with them while in Florida.

    Larry & Doris Wilkinson | March 8, 2017 at 10:14 AM

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