LOCUST GROVE, Virginia — A celebration of life will be held Friday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at Lake of the Woods Church, Locust Grove for Randy “Spike” Wagoner, 49, of Locust Grove, who died unexpectedly, in the early morning hours of April 28. A reception will follow at the Church. A memorial service and burial will be held in August in New Hampshire.
He was born Aug. 9, 1964 in Hanover, N.H., son of Perry and Bonnie (Batchelder) Wagoner.
Randy graduated in 1982 from Hartford High School, Hartford.
Randy was married to Christine (Conrad) Wagoner in Oct. 1990 in Sharon.
After a brief career in radio and as a sales associate for the Dartmouth Bookstore, Randy started his career in public safety as an E-911 Communications Officer/Dispatcher working for the Towns of Hartford and Woodstock, Vermont State Police and then spent 25 years with the Town of Hanover Police/Fire Department Regional Communications Center. Randy’s other passion was the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and his desire to help move the country forward by educating people on disability inclusion and removing physical access barriers.
After retiring from the Town of Hanover in 2011, Randy began the next chapter of his career with the Department of Homeland Security – FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a Disability Specialist. This was his dream job, always an advocate, Randy would use his wit, charm, and sense of humor to teach others about persons with disabilities, and the ability to integrate and accept their differences into every day life.
Randy loved to sing barbershop, he was an avid civil war enthusiast, active in politics, had an incredible faith in God and a desire to share that love with others. More than anything else in this world, he loved his two amazing children, they were the light of his life, he loved them more than life itself and he thanked God every day for blessing him with the privilege to be their Dad.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Christine; 15-year-old son, Alexander; nine-year-old daughter, Reagan; father-in-law Kenneth Conrad (and Susan Johnson) of Lebanon, New Hampshire; sister in-law, Cynthia Coutts of Los Angeles, California; brother in-law, Franklyn “Chuck” Conrad of Canaan, New Hampshire; nephews, Ajay Patterson, of Baltimore, Maryland. and Franklin “KC” Conrad of Canaan, New Hampshire; nieces, Emilie and Hannah Conrad of Canaan; aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifelong friends.
Randy was predeceased by his parents; grandparents; and a niece.
This obituary first appeared in the May 15, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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