FORT BELKNAP - Archie G. Wagner, 57, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at Fort Belknap Health Care Center from an apparent heart attack.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at 5 p.m. today in the Two Kill Parish. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Wagner residence with burial following in the Wagner Family Cemetery.
Archie was born Jan. 27, 1948, in Akron, Ohio, to Paul, Sr. and Evelyn (Cooper) Wagner. He was raised in Woodinville, Wash., moving to Lodge Pole in 1981 to live in the open and beautiful country.
In June of 1974, he and Delores Campbell became partners in Everett, Wash. In Washington, Archie worked on many construction projects and loved working in the woods, clearing trees and the land for new homes to be built. After his kids were born, he only wanted to get them away from the big city and what goes with it. In December 1981, he sold his home, cattle and horses and moved to Montana. Here Archie made many new friends on Fort Belknap and one of his most treasured friends was Daniel Long Fox. For 13 years he worked on the Burlington Northern Railway and for a time for Alme Construction. In Montana, he brought and raised horses and cows. When the grandkids came, his life centered on every one of them. In 1991, they moved to Dodson and in 1998 brought their home on Peoples Creek, where he loved it dearly.
Survivors include his wife, Delores Campbell of Dodson; daughters, Tricia (Duane) Stiffarm of Oregon and Lisa (Tom) Ball of Ft. Belknap; sons, Josh (Morgan) Cochran of Big Sandy and Adrian Shawl at the family home in Dodson; sisters, Evelyn Stedman, Sharon Caldwell and Eula Wagner, all of Seattle; brothers, Paul Wagner and Eddie Wagner, both of Seattle; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.