OBITUARY

Richard Wagner

November 17, 1943June 7, 2012

Sgt. Richard (Dick) Wagner, USMC Vietnam Veteran Sunrise 11~17~43 Sunset 06~07~12

"Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile & who LOVE YOU no matter what."

Dick was the son of the late Pastor Frank and Sally Wagner. Dick was an amazing man who touched every person he ever met in a positive way. Family was the most important aspect throughout his life. Dick grew up traveling all over the country until his family settled in Midwest City, where he graduated from Midwest City High School and remained a true Bomber the rest of his life.

Dick served from 1964-1968 in the United States Marine Corp during Vietnam. He was discharged a Sergeant in 1968 and returned home to wife Betty in Oceanside, California. His career was at Tinker Air Force Base where he worked for 36 years as an electroplater and in water treatment traveling TDY with engineers to promote more work for Tinker.

Dick was very community orientated; he loved the Midwest City High School Bombers Football Team, and served as a member of the Football Team Official Chain Gang for 37 years. He enjoyed watching and attending OU football games, traveling, camping and cooking on the grill for his family. As a teenager, Dick worked for a farmer and loved riding a tractor. His brother-in-law, Marshall provided him with a job that let him be a farmer again. He loved this work; riding a tractor, feeding cattle and fixing all the things that Marshall needed fixed.

Dick married Betty Haby in November of 1964 in Oceanside, California. The Lord blessed them with two children, Darrell and Cindy. These children were the sunshine of his life. He was a loving and devoted father from the day they were born. He always supported them in all of their various activities as they were growing up, rarely missing anything. After a 25 year marriage he continued to love and remain a part of her family. He always had a special place in his heart for Betty and never missed sending her a mother’s day card.

He is survived by his son Darrell and his loving wife Cheri Wagner of Moore, Oklahoma, his granddaughter Kelsie Folsom of Moore, Oklahoma and his daughter Cindy and her loving husband Gary Clem, United States Navy, Retired, of Jacksonville, Florida.

Dick married Mary Hudgins Crha in 1991. In this union he inherited her two adult children. At the time of the union Denise and Jarold were in desperate need of a loving and involved father. Dick immediately became that man; their dad and accepted them as his children. The Lord blessed them with Dick and finally they knew what it really meant to be truly loved and accepted by a dad. Denise and Jarold want to express how much Dick gave of himself to them, changing their lives by showing them unconditional love and by example of how to be a better parent and human being. They are forever grateful for having Dick in their lives. Dick became an instant Grandpa to Denise's daughter, Cassie and to Jarold's daughter, Anne. He loved those girls! Dick was happy to become Grandpa of the next three grandchildren born to his family, Denise's daughters Myranda & Kaylee and Jarold's son Phillip.

In 1997, Cassie was diagnosed with cancer. He was the rock of his family during her nearly four year battle. When Cassie passed in 2001, even though he was also heartbroken, he was always there for his family. He was the strength of the family and somehow kept them going.

Dick is survived by his loving and devoted wife Mary Crha Wagner of Nicoma Park, Oklahoma, his daughter Denise Hendon of Midwest City, Oklahoma, his granddaughters Kaylee Hendon of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Myranda and her loving husband ET3 Brandon Faulkner, United States Navy, of Mayport, Florida, his son Jarold Crha of Nicoma Park, Oklahoma, his grandchildren Phillip Crha of Nicoma Park, Oklahoma and Anne Crha of Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Dick was an incredibly devoted and loving husband to Mary, a loving supportive father to his children and the best Grandpa that ever walked the earth to his 6 grandchildren, who loved him so very much!

Dick was very proud of his children and the way that they lived their lives. In turn, Dick’s children loved, cherished and respected the man that was their dad.

Richard Wagner will be missed by all who loved him!!

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Bill Eisenhour Northeast Chapel, 8805 NE 23rd St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73141 with Reverend Thomas Scott officating. Military Honors will be rendered by the U. S. Marines Corp Honors Detail following the service.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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Dianne Nicholson

September 10, 2012

I knew Dickey during our Midwest City High School days and when he first joined the USMC. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing - he was such a sweet hearted person. What wonderful tributes and memories are found in all these guest book entires. My sincerest condolences and prayers to his family. Dianne Nicholson - Orlando, FL

Denise Hendon

June 15, 2012

Denise Hendon

June 14, 2012

justine owens

June 13, 2012

i have never read a tribute to anyone that was so personal and so touching, im sad to say i never meet him in person but i read facebook comments and posts that spoke so highly of him over the last year, i feel like i have knbown him forever, i am so sad for your whole families loss. i have been praying for you all for weeks and i will continue to, god be with you ever step of your journey, and im sure cassie was waiting with open arms for her papa, i do love you all, sorry i cant be there in person, but in spirit i am with you, god bless you all, justine owens, lincoln arkansas

Denise Hendon

June 12, 2012

Denise Hendon

June 12, 2012

Charlie & Barbara Smallwood

June 12, 2012

I have known Dick since 1974. We have been FRIENDS through some TEARS & tough times together, our Love for one another and friendship got us through those times. I truly treasure my FRIENDSHIP with Dick! He was a wonderful person and Loved his family with all his Heart.I am so SORRY for your loss.. Our God is there waiting for him. The dead in Christ shall rise again..May God give you peace and comfort...Our Deepest Sympathy to all the family. We love you and all are in our thoughts and PRAYERS....Your Friend Always,Charlie

Myranda Faulkner

June 12, 2012

Grandpa words cannot express how grateful I am to have had you in my life. You were an amazing man. You were the rock of this family through so much. There is not a strong enough word to express how I feel about you. I love and miss you very much. I hope you shared your great hot dog grilling skills with Uncle Jarold! You will forever be in my heart! See you again someday!!

Denise Hendon

June 11, 2012

Heather Starkey

June 11, 2012

Ive known anne for years and im so very sorry for your loss. A big thank you and salute to your grandpa

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