Harold D. Wagner

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"Running Late" Harold Wagner, 77, of Darrington, passed away at home, surrounded by family, on June 10, 2014 after a brave 10 month fight with lung cancer. He was born at home on November 17, 1936 in Wolbach, Neb. to Glen Virgil and Kate (Hansen) Wagner. He spent the majority of his childhood living with his grandparents, Charles and Tida Wagner of Wolbach. Harold joined the US Navy in 1954, proudly serving aboard the USS Ticonderoga and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba until 1958. He met the love of his life, Judy Sawyer of Darrington, on a blind date in Grand Island, Neb. in 1958. They were married on July 31, 1959 in Milwaukee, Wis. They moved to Darrington in 1963, where they raised their children and grandchildren. During his lifetime, he was a mechanic, carpenter, worked for Foss Tug, and hauled logs, chips, and lumber. He was a jack of all trades, master of none. He was a member and senior warden of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, a retired volunteer firefighter for the Darrington Fire Dept., and a member of the Concrete American Legion Post #132. Harold had a passion for fishing and hunting. He was well known for his homemade fishing lures. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brothers-in-law, Randall Stuart and George Quade; and nephew, Kent Stuart. Harold is survived by his loving wife, Judy; children, Lori Wagner (Jeff Hotsko) of Olympia, Doug (Bonnie) Wagner, Daren (Wendy) Wagner; grandchildren, Kasie (Stephen) Monchak, Cody Simmons, Kyler (Diana) Wagner, whom he loved and raised as his own son, Chase Wagner, Destanie (Colton) Heath, Trinadie Wagner, Laiken Wagner; adopted grandson, Jake McMillion; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Joseph, Robert, Persephone, Nikolai, and Liliana Monchak; siblings, John (Zena) Wagner of Calif., Paula Quade of Kans; many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and all of his early morning coffee buddies and friends. He touched the lives of all of us, and will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Darrington; with a gathering of love, friendship, and a meal following at the Community Center. Memorials suggested to the Church of the Transfiguration, PO Box 55, Darrington, Wash. 98241; or the Darrington Community Funeral Dinner Fund, PO Box 71.

Published in The Herald (Everett) on June 22, 2014
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