Benjamin Richard Wagner Jr., age 62, of Spalding, Nebraska, passed away September 9, 2019 at the Veterans Affairs Community Living Center in Grand Island, Nebraska after a two year battle with cancer.
Memorial services will be held Monday, September 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Dubas Funeral Home in Osceola, Nebraska. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Words of comfort by Gary Novak. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Wagner, Shawn Wagner, Colin Wagner, Kyle Wagner, Jennifer Lowe, Bridget Reed, Andy Marcinowski, Michael Marcinowski, and Brian Hendrickson. Inurnment will be in the Shelby Cemetery with Military Rites by Shelby Legion Post #296.
Benjamin was born December 19, 1956 to Benjamin Richard Sr. and Carolyn Jane (Engel) Wagner in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from Shelby High School in 1975.
Following graduation he served in the United States Navy from January 9, 1978 and received an honorable discharge January 8, 1982. He served aboard the USS Samuel Gompers AD37 stationed at San Diego, California.
Ben worked at various jobs before starting his own business of Wagner Trucking which he operated for many years. For the past three months due to his health, Ben had resided in Rising City to be closer to his sister LaRee.
Ben especially enjoyed God's nature and animals.
Survivors include: children Jason Wagner of Spalding, Shawn (Alicia) Wagner of Albion, Colin (Sarah) Wagner of Central City, Kyle Wagner of Spalding and Brian (Michelle) Hendrickson of Spalding; grandchildren: Madeline Thobers, Royce Hendrickson, Adeline Hendrickson, and James Wagner; sisters: Elaine Kay (Joel) Marcinowski of San Diego, CA, LaRee (Gary) Novak of Rising City, friend Deborah Hendrickson of Spalding; nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Andrew) Lowe of David City Bridget (Jack) Reed of David City, Andy Marcinowski of San Diego, CA, Mike Marcinowski of Austin, TX; great nieces and nephews, Mason Lowe, Riley Lowe, Joshua Lowe, Aniston Reed, Jared Reed and Kourtney Reed and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ben Sr. and Carolyn Wagner.
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