John Richard Wagner, a retired major with the Baltimore City Police Department, died Saturday at home, apparently from a heart attack. The Rosedale resident was 61.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Wagner graduated from Kenwood High School in 1961. He joined the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam until 1965, when he was discharged with the rank of corporal.
In 1967, he began his police career in the city's Northeastern District. He worked in the criminal investigation and tactical divisions, rising through the ranks to second in command in the Northeastern District. In 1980, he attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.
He attained the rank of major and was assigned to the special operations division, where he retired in 1995.
Mr. Wagner was an avid golfer and fisherman. In June, he was installed as commander of American Legion Post 180 in Rosedale.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the American Legion hall, 1331 Seling Ave.
Mr. Wagner is survived by his girlfriend of 17 years, Sue Neuberger; a brother, Donald T. Wagner of Perry Hall; and a sister, Thelma Huth of Georgia.