Obituary: Austin WagarAustin S. Wagar, age 88, died peacefully with his family at his side in Monticello, Minnesota, on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
Austin S. Wagar, age 88, died peacefully with his family at his side in Monticello, Minnesota, on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
Austin was born October 29, 1923, in Worthington, Minnesota to Arthur and Hazel Wagar.
He graduated from Round Lake, Minnesota. He served in the United States Navy as a RADARMAN, Third Class, from 1944-1946. He met and married Eunice Elaine Paulsen, a high school teacher in Round Lake, in December of 1945. After serving in the Navy, he worked at the Worthington greenhouse as a florist until 1949 when he and Elaine began farming in Reading, Minnesota with his brother-in-law, Robert Paulsen. Austin and Elaine retired from farming in 1986 and resided in Worthington until Elaine’s death in 1996. Austin married Christine Mader in August of 2002 and resided in Worthington until they moved to Monticello in 2010.
He was an active member of Church of the Brethren, belonged to Farmer’s Union and the Golden Kiwanis.
Austin enjoyed farming, grading the Elk Township gravel roads, woodworking, storytelling, playing pool, playing cards, and watching the Twins and Vikings. He always looked forward to spending time with his family and friends.
Left to cherish his memory is his second wife Christine Wagar (Mader), his three sons, Wayne and Jonna of Marshalltown, Iowa, Bruce and Diane of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Ron and Linda of Vancouver, Washington; his brothers and sister, Cecil and Helena of Yakima, Washington, Ray of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Geneva and Leroy Wasmund of Worthington, Minnesota; his stepchildren, Betty, Bonnie and David Stromberg, Bruce and Kim Mader, and Brian and Michelle Mader; and his loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Austin was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Hazel Wagar, his siblings: Lowell, Victor, and Reva, his infant grandson, Samuel, and his wife, Eunice Elaine Wagar (Paulsen).
A memorial service will 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Worthington Church of the Brethren, 20975 Oliver Ave., Reading. Interment will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Worthington.
The family requests that all memorials be given to local hospice organizations in memory of Austin S. Wagar.
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