Jack was a graduate of Wyandotte HIgh School Class of 1965 and served his country in the US Naval Reserve 1967-1973.
Jack spent his professional life as a community banker. He began his career as a clearing house messenger at The Livestock National Bank in 1965 and continued his career there until 1985 when he left as the Sr. VP. He then took the position as President of Farley State Bank and served there until 1995, when he then took the position as President at the Adrian Bank in Adrian, MO. He retired in December 2017 as the CEO and Co-Chairman and continued as a consultant for the bank.
Jack served on numerous boards throughout his banking career, notably in 1976 as President of the KC Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, becoming the youngest President in their sixty year history. He also served as the President of the Missouri Independent Bankers Association 2015-16.
Wherever Jack lived he was an active member of the community being involved in Rotary Club, Optimist Club and the Lions Club.
Jack was a lifetime member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Kansas City, KS and a member of the Kansas District of the Lutheran Laymen’s League. Jack served as a board member and treasurer of the Lutheran High School of Kansas City and the Lutheran High School Foundation
Jack had a servant’s heart and was able to attend the last board meeting for the bank only one month ago and just resigned as treasurer of KC Lutheran High Foundation.
On his days off you would find him with his family, on the golf course or doing his honey-do list from Debbie Jo. Jack loved being Debbie’s cabana boy while she spent time in the pool, loved playing dominos and Uno among other games with his family. He loved a good game of around the world, playing catch, hitting golf balls or playing cards. He was an avid sports fan cheering for the KC Royals and even naming his pet cat Escobar. Jack's love language was feeding family and friends
Jack taught his family to put his Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ first and his faith is what has carried him through life. His faith shined through his interactions with family and friends.
He always led by example and was a child of God, devoted husband, loving Dad, and proud Papa aka Pops.
Jack was humble, kind and had a heart of gold and was loved by many and loved them back just as much.
Jack was preceded in death by daughter Tamara Jo Elleman, brother Jim Wagner, parents Charles and Alvina Wagner. He is survived by wife Debbie Wagner, daughter Jill (Jake) Mankin, daughter Amanda (Russell) Hayes, grandchildren Jake Mankin, Jordan Mankin, Olivia Smith, Alexandra Jo Elleman, Braedon Hayes, Wagner Elleman, and Jaxson Hayes. brother's Ron, Gary, John. sister's, Susan Loehr, Judy May, Donna Payne, Linda Sparks, Jim's wife, Jennifer Wagner, Debbie's sister, Carolyn Fratzel and numerous nieces and nephews
The visitation for Jack will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, November 12, at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS. The Memorial Service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 722 Reynolds, Kansas City, KS. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Luke's Lutheran Church, the Lutheran High School Foundation of Kansas City or the Adrian Optimist Club. Condolences may expressed at www.porterfuneralhome.com