Ralph Charles Wagner, 85, Jamestown, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Jamestown Hospital, Jamestown.
Mr. Wagner was born March 10, 1924, at Jamestown Hospital, the son of Henry and Nellie (Kiner) Wagner. He grew up and attended the rural school while helping on the farm. He attended Stratford High School, Stratford, Wis., while living with his grandparents. He returned to the family farm and completed his last two years of high school at St. John’s Academy, Jamestown, graduating in 1941. He attended the North Dakota Agricultural College for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1942. He completed basic training in Fort Riley, Kan., and taught mechanics at Fort Riley before going overseas. He served in France. He returned to Jamestown in 1946, and went into partnership with his brother. They bought land and farmed it. He retired from farming in 1988 and moved to the Heritage Center, Jamestown, in 2007. He was a member of St. James Basilica, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pinochle and watching the Minnesota Twins.
He is survived by a brother, Bernard (Delo-res), Jamestown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Donald.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, St. James Basilica, James-town.
Prayer service: 7 p.m. Thursday, Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown.
Visitation: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel and one hour before the service at the church.
Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Jamestown.
Online guestbook: www. liskofuneralchapel.com
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