A funeral mass for 88-year-old Eugene Wagner was held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4, at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in West Bend. Burial followed at the West Bend Cemetery.
Eugene Michael, son of Philip and Agnes (Schuller) Wagner, was born June 28, 1930, in Carroll. He was raised on the family farm seven miles west of West Bend. Gene attended country school for three years, then attended Saints Peter & Paul Parochial School in West Bend and boarded at the convent. He attended West Bend High School, graduating in 1948. Gene worked on the family farm until he entered military service in 1952. He served in the 8th Army Infantry Division during the Korean conflict. Gene worked as a construction engineer, operating Caterpillars, road graders and a Tournapull.
After his discharge from the military in 1954, Gene returned to farm in West Bend. Gene married Mary Jean Lundgren June 16, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. The couple made their home on the family farm near West Bend where they raised their seven children. Gene and Jean moved into a new home in West Bend in 2000. Gene was a member of Farm Bureau and FFA. He was an active member of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Parish, serving as eucharistic minister for many years and was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus. Gene was also a member of the American Legion for 45 years, serving as commander from 2009 to 2010.
Gene died May 1, 2019, at West Bend Health and Rehab.
Surviving are his children, Roger (Jean) Wagner, Kirk (Julie) Wagner, Kelly Crotty, Rhonda Wolfe, Beth Grimm, and Lee Ann Grimm; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister Marjorie Kajewski.
Gene's parents, wife Jean, son Randy, sons-in-law Tom Crotty and Keith Grimm, and sisters Irene Freilinger and Alice Bernau preceded him in death.