John Paul Wagner, Jr.
WEST?BEND — Funeral services for John Paul Wagner Jr. were Saturday, Sept. 25, at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in West Bend with Rev. Thomas Hart officiating. Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery. Harris Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
John Paul Wagner Jr., son of John P. and Emma (Krischel) Wagner, was born Jan. 9, 1926 on a farm near Mallard. He received his early education at a country school in the area, then later attended the St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mallard. He moved with his family to a farm near West Bend in 1944. Paul served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was assigned to Ladd AFB in Anchorage, AK.
Paul was united in marriage with Shirley Traub July 21, 1956 at Sts. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church in West Bend. They made their home on a farm near West Bend where they raised their four children. Paul farmed, raised livestock, did custom corn shelling and operated a trucking business later leased to Warren Transport in Waterloo. While trucking in 48 states and Canada Paul received 22 safe driving awards. Paul and Shirley moved to a farm near Cylinder in 1993 and in 2005 Paul retired.
Paul was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church in West Bend, Knights of Columbus, receiving Honorary Life Membership in 2004, West Bend American Legion Post 151 for 57 years. Paul enjoyed raising livestock, family get-togethers, going to casinos and trucking.
Survivors include Paul’s wife Shirley of Cylinder; daughter Vonnie Struecker of Algona and her special friend Carl Dicks, son Rodney Wagner and his wife Mary of West Bend, son Kerry Wagner and his wife Sherrie of Whittemore; grandchildren, Matthew (Cathy) Struecker of Knoxville, Travis Struecker and his fiance Molly of Chandler, AZ, Angela (Dennis) Scavnicar of Lisle, IL, Raelynn Wagner of Iowa City, Rebecca Wagner of West Des Moines, Alexandra Wagner of Emmetsburg and Kody Wagner of Emmetsburg; great grandson Dylan Scavnicar; step grandchildren Thomas Fisher of Shanghai, China and Michael Fisher of Cedar Rapids, and sisters Bernice Rohovit of Iowa City and Maxine McGary of Russell, KS.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ida Berte and son Kevin Wagner.