Thief River Falls - LeRoy Wagner, 66, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, with a 7 p.m. prayer service and for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home, Wednesday.
Interment will be held at German Evangelical Cemetery in rural Middle River.
LeRoy John Wagner was born in Thief River Falls on Nov. 22, 1947, the son of John and Bernice (Sostad) Wagner. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Middle River.
LeRoy attended Middle River High School, graduating in 1966. Following high school he worked on the family farm.
He was united in marriage to Rhonda Nilson from Gatzke, in 1971. They made their home in Middle River with their children, Kris, Rae Lynn, and Tara. He continued to work on the family farm and for various farmers in the area.
On July 16, 1994 LeRoy and Clarine (Skytland) Olson were united in marriage in Middle River at their home. They continued to make their home there until his passing.
LeRoy was an outgoing, talkative man who liked to go out for coffee, visit with family and friends, and spend time with his entire family. He loved being outdoors with his cattle and mowing the lawn and hunting. Decorating for Christmas outdoors was his specialty – making a wonderful display for everyone to see as they drove by. LeRoy was a very thoughtful man, making a point to call each family member on their birthdays. He especially liked spending time with the grandkids. Teaching them to drive and taking them for their driving tests was something special he did for them. LeRoy was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He will always be remembered by his family and friends, especially the grandkids.
LeRoy is survived by his loving wife, Clarine of Middle River; children, Kris Wagner of Arizona, Rae Lynn Gustafson of Arizona, Tara Thoe of Arizona, William (Kris) Olson of Holt, Bobby Olson of Minneapolis, Tammy (Kevin) Hart of Red Lake, Toni (Jeff) Shafland of Shakopee, Terri (Brian) Murray of Erskine, Gilbert “Butch” (Lynn) Olson of Atwater, and Becki (Ben) Hedstrom of Thief River Falls; mother, Bernice Wagner of Middle River; 30 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Lois (Dave) Barth of Warroad, Valerie (Larry) Nesteby of Greenbush, Karen (Norm) Opdahl of Middle River, Sandy Olson of Thief River Falls, Wayne Wagner of Middle River, and Bruce Wagner of Middle River; mother-in-law, Nadine Skytland of Chaska; sister-in-law, Patty Wagner of Newfolden, Eileen (Terry) Thompson of Norwood; brother-in-law, Adrian (Mary) Skytland of White Bear Lake; special friend, Donna Rehm of Middle River; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
Preceding him in death are his father, John Wagner; brother, Roger Wagner; sister-in-law, Judy Houle and his paternal grandparents.