THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Don A. Wagner
Issue Date: October 4, 2017
Don A. Wagner, 69, of Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at Aurora Bay Care Hospital in Green Bay.
Born June 3, 1948 in Oconto Falls, to the late Waldemar and Lorraine (Andersen) Wagner, he graduated from Gillett High School in 1966 and attended Southern Polytechnic State University until being drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He received many medals including the National Defense Service Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal with two stars. He married Judy (Winkler) on June 30, 2001.
He was honorably discharged in 1972 and returned home to Gillett where he worked at Wagner Gas and Electric and later assumed ownership until retiring in 2008.
An avid hunter and fisherman he took annual hunting and fishing trips to Canada and New Zealand and was a life member of the Oconto River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited. In addition to traveling, he loved time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; a son, Christopher (Heather) Winkler of Webster City, Ia.; two grandchildren; two brothers, Mark (Arlene) Wagner of Mohnton, Pa. and Paul (Mary) Wagner of Waldo; four Godchildren; his mother-in-law, Mildred Winkler of Suring; in-laws, Shirley Lusk, Helen Smith, Edwin (Joyce) Winkler, Barb Winkler, Gene (Ellen) Winkler, Randy (Peggy) Winkler, Ricky (Sandy) Winkler, Bonnie (Ken) Juza, Debbie (Bryon) Huffman and Hoyt Blanchard; many nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Edwin Winkler; three sisters-in-law, Debbie Wagner, Dorothy Blanchard and Mary Sell and brothers-in-law, John Smith and Robert Winkler.
Family and friends called on the family at Legacy Funeral Chapel in Gillett on Monday, Oct. 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation continued at St. John's Lutheran Church in Gillett on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m., with Rev. Kent Wallace officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.