Wilbur Wayne Wagner went to his heavenly home on September 21, 2010, at the age of 84 after a long battle with Alzheimers. He was with his family when he passed away at the Good Samaritan Village in Spokane, Wash.
Wilbur was born in Laurel, Mont., and spent his youth and adult years on farms in the Chinook, Mont,. area. After graduating from Chinook High School in 1945, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in the occupation of Japan. He was honorably discharged in November 1946.
Wilbur enjoyed farming and raising cattle with his father and was an avid hunter and fisherman. After his father’s death in 1952 he continued the farming and cattle operation with his mother. In 1968 they sold the farm and moved to Havre after a grass fire on the farm burned Wilbur’s legs. He then worked for the Burlington Northern Railway for 20 years. After retiring, Wilbur managed his rental property until his health required him to move into the Northern Montana Care Center. In 2007, he transferred to the Good Samaritan Village in Spokane, Wash., to be near family.
It gave him great pleasure to take care of his nieces and nephew and then their children. He was always happy to have one of the children with him, and they all adored him. He was a good neighbor and friend to all who knew him and always willing to help out where he was needed. He is survived by his sisters, Kay Olson and Shirley (Jim) Dickson; his brother, Ed Wagner; his nieces, Sandra (John) Blair, Linda Ehry, Rebecca (Doug) Skarr, Tavia Dickson and Anna Dickson; and his nephew, David Olson.
He was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Chinook and enjoyed fellowshipping at Calvary Baptist Church in Havre, where he supported the AWANA club for children.
Services will be held in the chapel at Good Samaritan Village on Oct. 9, 2010, at 2 p.m., in Spokane, Wash. Graveside services will be held in Kuper Cemetery in Chinook on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m., with a reception following in the American Lutheran Church, Chinook, Mont.
Memorial donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Village 17121 E. Eighth Ave., Spokane, WA 99016, the American Lutheran Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.