Seth Alan Wagenknecht, 57, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his parent’s home in Sedalia after battling cancer for more than two years.
He was born Oct. 17, 1955, in Kansas City, Mo., the eldest child of John C. and Margie Ghosen Wagenknecht. Seth was a 1973 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and earned a Bachelors degree in education from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield where he managed an apartment complex.
He lived in Chicago for four years, where he was a floor commodity trader. In 1989 he moved back to Sedalia to run the State Fair Cinemas. In 1998, he built the Galaxy Cinemas, in partnership with his mother Margie and father John, and was the manager until his passing.
Surviving are his parents, John and Margie Wagenknecht, of Sedalia; a sister, Janie Dunn-Rankin, and her husband, David, of Venice, Fla.; a brother, Drew Wagenknecht, of Smithton; and two nieces, Sarah Dunn-Rankin, of Sunnyvale, Cal., and Rachel Dunn-Rankin, of Memphis, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Millard and Frances Wagenknecht; and his maternal grandparents, Joe and Mercedes Ghosen.
He was a lifelong member of Calvary Episcopal Church where the funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Carl Siegel and the Rev. Harv Sanders officiating.
Casket bearers will be Chuck Leftwich, Bob Lamberth, Leonard Anderson, Steve Glass, Danny Miller, and Mike Fisher.
Entombment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Heckart Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Calvary Episcopal Church, Bothwell Foundation Cancer Fund, or the Sedalia School Foundation with a notation that the gift is in memory of Seth Wagenknecht.
Condolences may be offered at www.heckartfuneralhome.com.