OBITUARY

Wayne Michael Wagner

September 28, 1938January 26, 2019

Wayne Wagner passed away at home on Jan. 26, 2019, in Yuma, Ariz., at the age of 80. He showed true grit in surviving glioblastoma well past prognosis, a trait exuded his whole life.

He was a rock of support to a family of five children, beloved grandfather to eight grandchildren, and loving husband to adored wife Peggy for 51 years before she passed in 2013. And love is a curious thing—It struck again, and Wayne married Anne Fisher of Yuma in 2017.

Wayne was born Sept. 28, 1938, in Milwaukee to parents Norman and Dorothy Wagner (dec.), and was the second of seven fun-loving children: Diana, Don, Jerry, Keith, Linda, and Rickey (Keith and Linda survive). Wayne went to Don Bosco High School and is a proud graduate of University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Wayne started his career as a chemical engineer at Aqua-Chem while also serving honorably in the U.S. Army Reserves. He met his bride-to-be Peggy in high school, and the two married in 1962. After the couple’s early years in Waukesha, Wisc., and Genesee Depot, Wisc., they took root in Mequon, Wisc., for 15 years. In 1988, they resettled in Yuma where Wayne was plant engineer and operations chief for Burns & Roe Services Corporation at the Yuma Desalting Plant, retiring in 2003.

In his free time, Wayne was an avid golfer and member of Yuma Golf & Country Club. Biennial family trips and golfing excursions offered him rounds at courses throughout the country and Scotland. He was also active in the community all his life, volunteering and fundraising for his parish, the Boy Scouts of America, Knights of Columbus, and Yuma Rotary Club.

At the end, his loved ones were by his side, giving the best care they could to Wayne, who had done the same for them. He leaves a legacy of fairness, integrity, and love for family and community.

Wayne is survived by wife Anne; children Brian (Cheryl), David (Debbie), Mary (Greg) Wagner-Tharp, Andy (Jennifer), and Meg (Grant) Rodney; grandchildren Elizabeth (Brian), Anne (Michael), Tyler, JR, Emma, Claire, Quinn, and J.T.; and his sweet terrier Darby.

A funeral mass for Wayne will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., at St. John Neumann Catholic Parish, 11545 E. 40th St. in the Yuma Foothills. A reception will follow at the same location at the Friel Center south of the main church. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 1415 S. 1st Ave. in Yuma. In lieu of flowers, Wayne and Anne ask that you consider donations to Rotary International

  • FAMILY

  • Anne Fisher, Wife
  • Brian (Cheryl) Wagner, Son
  • David (Debbie) Wagner, Son
  • Mary (Greg) Wagner-Tharp, Daughter
  • Andy (Jennifer) Wagner, Son
  • Meg (Grant) Rodney, Daughter
  • Elizabeth, Anne, Tyler, JR, Emma, Claire, Quinn, and J.T., Grandchildren

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Graveside Service and Military Honors Saturday, February 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

Wayne Michael Wagner

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STEPHEN HUPP

February 3, 2019

Dear Dave, Debbie & entire Wagner family,
So sorry for your loss. Sounds like such a great man and huge legacy! Our heartfelt prayers to you all at Wayne's passing. I'm sure he will be greatly missed.
Love,
The Hupp family

Dave & Dee Sussman

February 2, 2019

We were lucky enough to have Wayne and his family as neighbors and friends for many years, but Wayne’s story would be incomplete without mention of the poker game he hosted for so many of those years. I (Dave) confess I still remember with pleasure those few occasions when I managed to beat him at a hand. It didn’t happen very often.

Carol Kimbell

February 2, 2019

Wayne was so kind to my father, Al Face, taking him golfing well into Dad's 90s. They were good men.

Kevin Tharp

February 1, 2019

It has been an honor and privilege to know Mr. Wagner and a blessing to be a part of the extended Wagner family. Mr. Wagner's example will be his legacy which will live on in his children and grandchildren. His service to God and family will also live on and be just the beginning of his eternal life and service.

Dan Fauth

February 1, 2019

There's not much else to say that hasn't been said already. I remember Wayne through The Yuma Rotary Club. He was just always there, wether at Tuesday meetings or projects that we took on. He was a perfect example of Service Above Self! He will definitely be missed.

Kala Compton

January 31, 2019

We are keeping each of you close to our hearts and in our prayers. Your love for each other is a blessing and is Wayne’s best legacy. Much love to you all-

Kala and Brian Compton and family

Donna Wagner Cahill

January 31, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family. Uncle Wayne was a lucky man and lived a full life. May he rest is the arms of our Lord and with the ones who have passed before him.

Susan Meye

January 29, 2019

Sending all of our love and support to the Wagner Family from the Meye-Pedderson family. I have such fond memories of being an honorary daughter in this loving family. Wayne was so very kind to me. God Bless.

Love, Susan and Todd, Karen, Ron and Jeff

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Biography

Wayne Wagner passed away at home on Jan. 26, 2019, in Yuma, Ariz., at the age of 80. He showed true grit in surviving glioblastoma well past prognosis, a trait exuded his whole life.

He was a rock of support to a family of five children, beloved grandfather to eight grandchildren, and loving husband to adored wife Peggy for 51 years before she passed in 2013. And love is a curious thing—It struck again, and Wayne married Anne Fisher of Yuma in 2017.

Wayne was born Sept. 28, 1938, in Milwaukee to parents Norman and Dorothy Wagner (dec.), and was the second of seven fun-loving children: Diana, Don, Jerry, Keith, Linda, and Rickey (Keith and Linda survive). Wayne went to Don Bosco High School and is a proud graduate of University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Wayne started his career as a chemical engineer at Aqua-Chem while also serving honorably in the U.S. Army Reserves. He met his bride-to-be Peggy in high school, and the two married in 1962. After the couple’s early years in Waukesha, Wisc., and Genesee Depot, Wisc., they took root in Mequon, Wisc., for 15 years. In 1988, they resettled in Yuma where Wayne was plant engineer and operations chief for Burns & Roe Services Corporation at the Yuma Desalting Plant, retiring in 2003.

In his free time, Wayne was an avid golfer and member of Yuma Golf & Country Club. Biennial family trips and golfing excursions offered him rounds at courses throughout the country and Scotland. He was also active in the community all his life, volunteering and fundraising for his parish, the Boy Scouts of America, Knights of Columbus, and Yuma Rotary Club.

At the end, his loved ones were by his side, giving the best care they could to Wayne, who had done the same for them. He leaves a legacy of fairness, integrity, and love for family and community.

Wayne is survived by wife Anne; children Brian (Cheryl), David (Debbie), Mary (Greg) Wagner-Tharp, Andy (Jennifer), and Meg (Grant) Rodney; grandchildren Elizabeth (Brian), Anne (Michael), Tyler, JR, Emma, Claire, Quinn, and J.T.; and his sweet terrier Darby.

A funeral mass for Wayne will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., at St. John Neumann Catholic Parish, 11545 E. 40thSt. in the Yuma Foothills. A reception will follow at the same location at the Friel Center south of the main church. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 1415 S. 1stAve. in Yuma. In lieu of flowers, Wayne and Anne ask that you consider donations to Rotary International (Rotary.com/donate).