Dimond & Sons Silver Bell Chapel

2620 Silver Creek Road, Bullhead City, AZ


Frederick Joseph Wagner

September 24, 1943March 14, 2020

Fred Wagner, a native of Syracuse, NY, passed away in Bullhead City, AZ on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the age of 76.

Fred grew up in Mattydale, NY and graduated from North Syracuse High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and later attended Wisconsin State College in Osh Kosh, WI. Fred was a taxi cab driver in several states in his younger years, and was a Domino's Pizza delivery driver in his retirement years. Both jobs were in line with his love of freedom and being on the open road. He moved around a lot throughout his life, living in many states across the country- especially in his younger years. He lived much of his later years in Tallahassee before moving to Arizona in 2018 to seek better medical care.

Ever since he was a child, he had a passion for astronomy and the constellations. He loved traveling (he had visited every major city in the U.S. except San Diego), enjoying good food, visiting the casinos, playing tennis, bowling, watching Jeopardy and college football, playing Yahtzee, and reminiscing about the past. His siblings have fond memories of his great storytelling. He was proud to: be Italian, be mathematically adept, have a high IQ, and to have been in the U.S. Air Force (and to be a Veteran).

He is survived by his son John (Dora) Wagner of Northborough, MA; his daughter Jennifer (Andy) Martel of West Boylston, MA; his former wife Elizabeth (John & Jennifer's Mom); two granddaughters: Toni and Emma; one brother John Wagner of Fort Myers, FL; two sisters: Eleanor Ivanoff of Centennial, CO and Theresa (Jim) Weiss of Laurel, DE; and many nieces and nephews.

Fred was predeceased by his beloved wife of 33 years, Josephine; his parents John & Rose Wagner; three brothers Richard, William and Robert; and three sisters Lucy, Irene, and MaryAnne.

His family would like to extend many thanks to Helen Ekholt, Daniel Ladwig, the nurses at Compassus Hospice, staff at Fresenius Kidney Care, and the doctors and nurses at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances and travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus, celebration of life and spreading of his ashes and/or burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Veterans Resource Center at 1343 Hancock Road, Bullhead City, AZ 86442 or Compassus Hospice at 2755 Silver Creek Rd #211, Bullhead City, AZ 86442.


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Frederick Joseph Wagner

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Renee A.

April 2, 2020

My sincere condolences on the passing of your father. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this time. I met Fred through my job @ the dialysis center. When days were tough, he would always make me smile, whether it was simple conversation or a funny joke, he always had a way of making me laugh & brighten my day. One thing we enjoyed talking about was the fact prior to my moving to Bullhead City, AZ two years ago to assist my parents w/their retirement, I had lived in San Diego, worked at Scripps Hospital in downtown Hillcrest and attended college @ SDSU & UCSD. Fred enjoyed chatting with me about crazy college times, downtown life, the USS Midway, the Rock & Roll Marathon, & scantily clad people @ the beach, just to name a few. Fred was so caring, he even brought me a beautiful card for my birthday in December. He was truly sincere & thoughtful. I will miss him dearly.

Kevin Brown

March 24, 2020

Sorry for your loss John and Jennifer and your families. Fred was quite a character. I won’t forget him coming to Panama City to watch the Ironman and be there at the finish for all of us that raced. Jennifer walked almost the whole marathon with me as I had an injury that day! It was a powerfully emotional day and he was so happy to experience it and I am grateful he was there for a great memory with your dad.

Tanya Grimes

March 23, 2020

John and Jennifer,

I’m sorry for your loss. I know what it’s like to lose a parent, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember your dad and always liked hearing his stories. Sending my Love

Christine Tarbell

March 23, 2020

John and Jennifer,

I'm so sorry for the loss of your Father, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I don't remember to much of your Father, I do remember vaguely when he visited us in West Virginia.

Love you both

Teresa Witherell

March 23, 2020

John and Jennifer, our sincere condolences to you on the passing of your father. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you. May our prayers provide you ease through this difficult time. Love Always, Bob and Teresa Witherell

Brian Martel

March 23, 2020

Sorry for your loss John & Jennifer and family.
Brian & Chrie