Robert Dean Wagner, 86, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, from injuries sustained in an accident. He was born July 22, 1926, in Akron, Colo., the youngest son of Antoine and Gertie (Nelson) Wagner.
Mr. Wagner grew up in Brookings, S.D., earned a bachelor’s degree from San Jose Bible College and earned another bachelor’s from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. He served as a U.S. Army medic in Italy during World War II.
He ministered to churches in California, Kansas, South Dakota and Missouri. Never retiring from ministry, he continued serving as an elder and teacher at High Street Christian Church in Neosho. He was always willing to step in when a church needed someone to fill the pulpit.
He worked for the Missouri Department of Social Services for 12 years before retiring at age 70.
He and his wife, Anneta, moved to Neosho in 2003. He was an advocate for the community of Neosho and senior rights and has served as president of Neosho Senior Center.
He is survived by his wife, Anneta “Lucy” Foster Wagner (married Nov. 15, 1945); daughter Joy and Jim Wood of Anderson; daughter, Janet and Dennis Carman of Flemingsburg, Ky.; daughter, Judith Wagner of Springfield, Mo.; and son, James and Cathy Wagner of Louisville, Ky.; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Newest great-grandchild, Charlie Slizewski, was born Aug. 7, 2012.
Bob is also survived by his sister, Juanita and Tom Moulton of Brookings, S.D., and his step-brothers, Dale and Viola Wagner of Brookings, S.D., and Paul (Ray) Wagner of Hays, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his stepfather, Morris Wagner, who helped raise Robert; his sisters, Leona Davis and Lois Hazelwood, and his brother, Verle Wagner; step-sisters, Faye Bigger, Betty Frady, Hazel Meyers; and step-brother, Lawrence Wagner.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at High Street Christian Church in Neosho, with John Doolen officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, south of Neosho with military honors. Serving as pallbearers will be Roy Hill, Bart Addy, Jack Burns, Merle Jones, Sammy Atwell, and Verl Alumbaugh.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home in Neosho, where the family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to High Street Christian Church or Show-Me Christian Youth Home, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.