William E. Wagner, father of Robert (Mary) J. Wagner, age 96, died Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Pine Ridge Assisted Living in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Memorial services for William will be held at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Roswell, with burial to follow at the church. Rev. Charlie Martinez will officiate.
William was born Dec. 12, 1916, in the Town of Hayton, Wis. The son of Otto and Frances Wagner, he grew up on a farm in Chilton, Wis. He was a graduate of the Manitowoc Teacher’s College and taught school at the Red Star School in Menesha, Wis. He next served a millwright apprenticeship at the Kimberly Clark Paper Corporation retiring as maintenance supervisor after 32 years of service.
William married Leona E. Klassen on Nov. 23, 1939, in Sherwood, Wis. They celebrated 69 years of marriage prior to her death March 18, 2008. Together they raised four children: Russell E. Wagner of Sandusky, Ohio, Mary T. Wagner of Concord, Calif. and Robert J. Wagner of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. William has three grandchildren: Nicholas Wagner, Jason Pryor and Gretchen Wagner.
William is preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Frances Wagner; son Richard G. Wagner; brothers, Rapheal, Norbert, Leroy and Ken Wagner and one sister, Leora Spang.
Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., is assisting the family.