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Elvin Joel Wagaman 1961-2024

Mr. Elvin Joel Wagaman, 62, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, February 6, 2024, at Mercy House, Chambersburg, PA.

Elvin Joel Wagaman
Elvin Joel Wagaman

Born December 20, 1961 in Waynesboro, PA, he was the son of Margaret “Peg” (Peiffer) Wagaman of Waynesboro and the late Elvin C. “Jimmy” Wagaman.

He graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School with the Class of 1980.

Joel spent the last 10 years being a selfless fulltime caregiver to his parents to keep them home and safe. Prior to that, Joel was delivering pizzas for Domino’s within the communities of Waynesboro and Greencastle.

In his free time, Joel enjoyed spending time at the Park Tavern, where he was captain of his dart team. Joel also enjoyed going on mountain rides where he spent his childhood growing up back on the Old Forge Road.

Joel was a devoted family man. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one son, Justin Wagaman (Steph), both of Waynesboro; two daughters, Arron Wagaman (Kevin Sanders) of Chambersburg and Ashley Wagaman (Jamie Long) of Greencastle, PA; 11 grandchildren, Dalton Manahan, Kiera Manahan, Kelsey Manahan, Cadence Wagaman, Trentin Sanders, Tylor Sanders, Landon Sanders, Destany Wishard and Kyle Long; one sister, Ellen Kinley (Mark); two special nieces, Kim Sheffler and Andie Lowmen; and several additional nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one son, Curtis Wagaman; one brother, Brian Wagaman; and two sisters, Donna Stipe and Carol Zody.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2024 in Strang’s Cemetery, South Mountain, PA, with Pastor Darell Gentry officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Mercy House of Chambersburg, 730 Norland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling the arrangements.



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