Wayne R. Wagner 1935-2017
Wayne R. Wagner
Wayne R. Wagner, age 82, of Withee, passed away on Friday, May 19 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past week. Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford with Rev. Andy Davis officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.
Wayne was born on March 24, 1935 at Mishawaka, Ind. to the late Marguerite A. (Wagner) Bollin. He attended elementary and high school in Mishawaka, Ind. In 1967 at Mishawaka, Ind., he married Roseann M. Zeleznik and they were later divorced. On May 12, 1979, in Medford, he married Constance “Connie” M. Higgins and she survives. After his education, he entered the US Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. After the service, he resided in Indiana and moved to the Lublin area in 1972 where he farmed for a period of time. He did some home improvement work for a period of time and worked for Indianhead Action Agency until ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed camping, catfish fishing, slow-grilling BBQ ribs, painting and wood carving. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Of all these things, his greatest pride was being a Papa to his grandchildren, as he readily admitted being a grandpa was much more fun and he was better at it.
In addition to his wife, Wayne is survived by his children, Richard (Staci Sparks) Wagner of Chippewa Falls, Bill Wagner of Nekoosa, Vicky (Brent) Stewart of Thorp, Laurie (Kevin) Danen of Eau Claire and two step-sons; ten grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; and brothers and sisters, Robert “Bobby” Sult and Norma Sult both of South Bend, Ind.
In addition to his mother, Wayne is preceded in death by his brothers, James Sult and Harley Sult, Sr.
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