Obituary for Former KRTA Executive Director Dr. Robert “Bob” Wagoner

Posted: 1/11/2018

Dr. Robert “Bob” Wagoner, age 66 of New Castle passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Bob was a native of Sellersburg, Clark County, Indiana. Bob was a member of the Eminence Baptist Church and was the son of the late Vernon & Mildred (Kopp) Wagoner.

He began his tenure with KRTA on January 1, 2002 when he began working as the Executive Director-Elect following the retirement of Mr. Frank Hatfield. He has served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) for the past fifteen years.

Bob has 28 years of experience in public education serving in three Kentucky public school districts (Bullitt, Woodford & Henry Counties); his education positions have included Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and retired from his position as Superintendent of Henry County.

He has also worked in the Kentucky General Assembly’s Legislative Research Commission’s Office of Educational Accountability and served as the Director for the Division of Finance in the Office of Education Accountability (OEA); a primary focus of his OEA assignment was to analyze Kentucky’s public school funding formula to see if it was functioning as designed.

Bob has degrees from Cumberland College, Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville. His educational administrative experience includes a background in School Finance, Personnel Management, Supervision, Curriculum Development, and Assessment.

As KRTA’s Executive Director, he was working to provide strong and positive leadership to achieve the best programs possible for Kentucky’s Retired Educators.


Survived By:

Wife of 45 years:
      Mary Alice (Reid) Wagoner of New Castle
      Jarrod Vernon Wagoner of New Castle
      Ava (Wagoner) Chastain (Terry) of New Albany, IN
      Dan Wagoner of Jeffersonville, IN
      Tom Wagoner (Sue) of Sellersburg, IN
      Kip Wagoner of Jeffersonville, IN
Nieces, Nephews & Extended Family also survive

Funeral Service:

2:00 PM Monday, January 15, 2018 at Henry County High School Auditorium and officiated by Rev. Michael Duncan, pastor of Eminence Baptist Church.
  Henry County High School
  1120 Eminence Rd
  New Castle KY 40050.


10:00 AM Monday until service time at Henry County High School Auditorium.


Walnut Hill Cemetery, Borden, Indiana at a later date

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Kimbler-Bourgard Foundation, C/O KRTA, 7505 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40291.

Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements:
Link to funeral home website including obituary

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