Wayne R. WagnerOctober 28, 1941 ~ June 8, 2017 (age 75)
Wayne Russell Wagner
Wayne Russell Wagner, 75, devoted husband and father, passed away at home in Boise, on June 8, 2017. Born on October 28, 1941 to parents Harold and Frances Wagner in Stockton, California. He grew up and attended school in Yuba City, California and attended Yuba City Community College. He felt so happy that his basketball team was later inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002 and he was able to attend the event.
Joining the Air Force, in 1960, he was assigned near Sacramento in California to Mather Air Force Base 2034th Comm Squadron as an Air Traffic Control Specialist in RAPCON. He sat in a dark room looking at a radar screen talking to pilots of airplanes either bringing them in for landing or take off. Wayne joined the air force in hopes of getting to see part of the country and then was disappointed when he ended up so close to home. Wayne played softball and basketball in the Air Force and his team won the base championship in 1961. He ended up finishing up in the station at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Wayne worked in finance and spent many years in sales travelling across the United States followed by over 40 years in the insurance field. His hard work earned many bonus trips that allowed him and Becky to travel extensively. He also was involved in any new network marketing business that caught his eye and he worked each one 100% and he talked to anyone that he came in contact with.
In 1971, he moved from California to Blackfoot Idaho with his first wife and son Kirk and then Scott was born in 1971. In Blackfoot he had horses and developed a close friendship with Tom Mitchell for over 40 years.
Wayne was an avid skier until he and Becky rented snowmobiles in Yellowstone and snowmobiling stole his heart. He was a member of the Boise, Cougar Mountain, West Mountain, Donnelly and McCall Snowmobile Club as well the Idaho State Snowmobile Association. He was proud of his accomplishment to serve as the chair for the 2000 ISSA convention in Boise and had record number of attendees and people talked for years afterwards of how it was the best convention ever. Wayne and Becky made many snowmobile trips to Stanley and other Idaho spots. He was the driver and hauler for the WOW Polaris breast cancer ride in support of Becky as a sponsored rider.
Wayne proposed to his wife Becky over the tool box in the garage in their first home. He asked her do you want to get married and then she asked him do you want to get married. Becky said it would make the parents happy. Some of Wayne’s friends always teased him about his young bride and told him he was robbing the cradle. Wayne brought his young bride home to meet the parents in California and the closeness developed from there.
Wayne and his wife Becky spent 30 years enjoying each other, traveling the world, snowmobiling, hunting and developing their Donnelly property. They travelled all over the country on trips with Equitable Life & Casualty and developed friends for life and still keep in touch with agents all over the United States. Wayne and Becky played a lot of Coed softball in Boise for years and enjoyed the yearly tournament in Cascade, Idaho.
Wayne was an avid hunter that enjoyed bow and rifle hunting. Wayne was always bragging to others how Becky shot and killed 3 elk using only 3 bullets. Becky always asked him why he carried all those bullets. Wayne did get his big bull elk and had to use a lot of bullets! One of the things that warmed Wayne’s heart was being able to give his grandson Trevor his first 22 rifle.
Wayne is survived by his wife Becky and their dog Snow, brother Robert and wife of Donnelly, sons Kirk and Scott (Jessica) and grandchildren Trevor and Kaylee. He is also survived by several stepchildren from previous marriages that he loved.
Interment with Air Force honors will be at 2 pm, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at Eagle Springs Clubhouse, 10101 N Big Springs Blvd, Boise from 3 – 8 pm. The family looks forward to hearing memories of Wayne.
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