Jack Duane Wagner (1933 - 2017)

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Jack Duane Wagner passed away at home in Eagle River, Alaska, on Oct. 24, 2017, after an extended illness. He was 84.
Jack was born to Forrest and Ellen Wagner in Lodi, Ohio, where he lived until his family moved to Panama Canal Zone in 1948. He joined the Marines then attended refrigeration and air-conditioning school in Miami, Fla., before returning to the Canal Zone, where he worked with the Corps of Engineers, PCC maintenance division, and then FAA until 1977. Then he transferred to Walla Walla, Wash., and then to Anchorage, Alaska, until his retirement in 1995. He loved living in the Zone and shared many a story of Zonian life with anyone he could. He loved fishing and hunting in the Canal Zone, but fishing and hunting in Alaska was what he really wanted to do. He had a very hard time adjusting to Alaska fishing with their "limits and seasons," but he learned to eagerly await fishing season. Moose hunts were discussed for months afterwards and planning for the next hunt started the week after they got home. He really lived the Alaskan dream.
Memorial service and interment will be on June 18, 2018, at Fort Richardson, Alaska, with celebration of life at Pizzaman later that evening.
Jack is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jeanne; and children: Julie Sugden of Orofino, Idaho; son, Jack Jr. (Bo) of Nevada; son, Scott of Reno, Nev.; Gayle Ellsworth of Anchorage; and Jeannine Huffman of Eagle River; and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 12, 2018