Obituaries October 26, 2017 Staff 0
Wayne Wagner, age 84, resident of Clinton, MN, died on October 26, 2017 at Fairway View Neighborhoods in Ortonville.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 4, 3:00 p.m., at Elim Lutheran Church in Clinton, MN. Pastor Richard Larson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place in Clinton Cemetery.
Wayne H. Wagner was born on November 6, 1932, on his family farm South of Clinton, MN, to LeRoy and Mabel (Kahle) Wagner. He attended Clinton High School through the 12th Grade.
After graduation he went into the Navy and served from 1952-1956 where he was active in the Korean War. When he was discharged, he met and married Joyce Darlene Carlson on August 25, 1956.
Wayne and Joyce moved to Madison, MN, where he worked with Minnesota Well Drillers, until the spring of 1976. They moved to Ashby, MN, where he worked for Robertson Well Drilling located near Pelican Lake. Wayne then decided to venture out with his brother, Charles, and together they purchased Sioux Well Drilling in 1980. In 2001, Wayne and Joyce returned to Clinton, MN.
Wayne attended the Elim Lutheran Church, in Clinton. He was a life member of the VFW post 3964 of Ortonville MN. Wayne volunteered at the VFW Pancake House with Lac Qui Parle County Fair for years. For 60 continuous years, he was a member of the American Legion Campbell-Williams Legion Post.
Wayne was an avid reader. He enjoyed gardening, fishing (both ice and shore), and tinkering in the shed. He could often be found, cutting/splitting wood, to which his son, Craig, stated “Dad would not be done cutting wood until every tree in Clinton was down!” He also enjoyed watching the Twins and Vikings.
He loved to dance with Joyce, the “love of his life”, to old time music, and blue grass. Wayne was always good at reminiscing, telling stories, and jokes. He inspired his children to enjoy camping, campfires and the great outdoors, especially the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Some of Wayne’s favorite memories were when he spent time at Corky’s Resort with his family and at the Boy Scout camp, both on Chippewa Lake. Chippewa Lake was his favorite place to spend time for the summer. Pelican Lake was where he loved to ice fish during the winter.
Left to cherish his memory are wife, Joyce Carlson Wagner; his daughter, Gail (Ron) Schlimme of Clinton, MN; daughter, Darla (Roy) Hope of North Oaks, MN; son, Brad of Brandon, SD; daughter, Brenda (Phil) Manson of White Bear Lake, MN; son, Craig (Doni) of Hartford, SD; brothers: Charles and Eldon; sisters: Darlene and Ileta; 15 grandchildren: Chantel, Derrick, Chaz, Kiana, Ty, Garth, Saige, Aaron, Shawna, Edward, Jared, Dustin, Kelsey, Matthew, and Laura; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Wayne in death were his parents; LeRoy and Mabel; infant daughter, Baby Wagner; brothers: Donald, Robert, and Curtis; and step-dad, Walter Mews.
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