Obituary for Richard Wagner
Richard L. Wagner, 91, of Dubuque died Monday, February 05, 2018 at home. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Raphael’s Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Richard was born April 9, 1926 in Dubuque, IA, son of Matthew and Clara (Gehler) Wagner. He married the love of his life Mary Charlene Coakley on September 7, 1949 in Otter Creek, Iowa. They were happily married for 52 years. Charlene preceded him in death in 2001.
Richard Wagner worked at Stanley Home Products for 34 years as the warehouse manager. He then worked at Dubuque Installation and Siding for over 20 years as their warehouse manger where he retired at the age of 72 years old. He was a very hard working man who never complained about anything and was a person who would give his shirt off his back to help someone else.
Richard loved calling square dancing, going out for dinner, dancing, and ice cream with his friends and family. He was very successful with being an award winning horseshoe player and baseball player. Richard enjoyed riding his bike, playing cards, and walking at the arboretum. His faith was very important to him. He was a longtime member of St. Raphael’s Cathedral where he ushered for 20 years. Richard loved spending his time with his family. The most precious thing to him was his granddaughter Katelyn. He loved traveling the countryside while watching his granddaughter perform. He traveled all over the U.S. with his family and never missed a single singing or dance competition of hers. Richard was one of the most loving, genuine, and sweetest men you could have ever met. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
Richard is survived by his only daughter, Linda (David) Soat of Dubuque; and only granddaughter Katelyn (Special friend, Brandon Weber) Soat of Dubuque; and a brother, Merlin (Mary) Wagner of LaMotte.
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Rita Hartman and Aggie Williamson.
For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
Richard Wagner memorial fund has been established.
A special thanks to Dr. Abou-Arab, Dr. Waldo Guerrero, Dr.Regan Wolbers, Juliane Rossman, The VA Clinic, David Soat, Brandon Weber, Holly Campbell, Levi Hongsermeier, Makenna Bullerman, Tom, By Your Side Care, and many others who took care of Richard.