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Russell Wagner

Little Falls, MN - Russell Franklin Wagner, 96, of Little Falls, MN died on June 8, 2018 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living. Russell was born on September 23, 1921 in Dell Rapids, SD the son of Pearl and Florence Wagner. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School and attended college in Brookings until he was drafted into the Army Air Corps where he taught radio communications. He was united in marriage to Irene Cluts on January 1, 1942.

Irene and Russ lived in Sioux Falls, SD and were blessed with 4 children, Judy, Virginia, Steven and Betty. Russell worked for Northern States Power for 35 years starting at the old plant at Falls Park and retired from the Atomic Plant east of Sioux Falls. He served as a youth counselor at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, SD making work camp trips to California and North Carolina. He was very involved in the YMCA coaching elementary boys basketball, starting a ham radio club and was an International Director of the Y's Men Club. Irene and Russ moved to Winter Haven, Florida when Russ retired in 1979 and lived there until 1999. While in Florida he audited courses at Florida Southern University and the University of South Florida. He also participated in the CASA program as guardian of homeless children and in 17 Elder Hostels in the United States and Canada. Irene and Russ traveled extensively in the United States and Europe. In 2000 they returned to live in Dell Rapids and then moved to Sioux Falls, SD and resided at the Trail Ridge Retirement Center. When Irene passed away in 2016 Russ moved to Little Falls, MN to be closer to his family.

Grateful for having shared his live are two daughters Judy (Frank) Rebnord and Virginia Hoeppner of Scotia, NY and three grandchildren Tim Rebnord, Tony Rebnord and Holly Hoeppner and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Irene and his parents and siblings and two children, Steven and Betty.

Visitation will take place at Heritage Funeral Home on Thursday, June 14. A Masonic Service will be conducted by Trinity Lodge 200 at 6:30 pm. Visitation will take place following the Masonic service until 8:00pm. Family private burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery on Friday, June 15 followed by a public memorial service at 1:30 pm at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, SD.

In lieu of flowers the family would kindly ask you to make a donation to your local hospice.
Published in The Argus Leader on June 12, 2018
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