Winnebago Albert Paul "Al" Wagner, age 88, of Winnebago, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Winnebago. The Rev. Peter Schuster officiated. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago was in charge of arrangements.
Al was born June 21, 1925, in Claremont, the son of Oscar and Mary (Claeys) Wagner. He attended Granada country school #28 and later graduated from Winnebago High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater as a Watertender 3rd Class on the U.S.S. Capricornus. He returned from service and began working for Fairmont Ford. He married his sweetheart, Barbara Ann Roe on June 7, 1952, in Winnebago; from this union they were blessed with four children. The couple lived in Truman where Al drove a parts truck for Park Motor Co. (now Fairmont Ford) and farmed. Al continued to work for Park Motor during the winter months and farmed until they moved to Winnebago in 1964. Al continued to farm for many years and worked with Vets Glass during the winter. He retired from farming in 1995, but continued to do spring and fall farm work with WFS and for Gary Engelby. He had also been a trusted funeral service assistant with Spencer-Owen Funeral Home for the last 22 years. He was a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he was active as a Eucharistic minister, usher and longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. Al loved hunting, especially black powder deer hunting, and fishing in Canada with family and friends.
Al is survived by his daughters, Paula (Steven) Wood, of Lake Elmo, and Nona (Tom) Larson, of Fairmont; sons, Loren Wagner (fianc, Tammy Diersen), of Fairmont, and Darin (Eva) Wagner, of Fairmont. Also surviving are his brother, Victor (Arlys) Wagner, of Moorhead; mother-in-law, Helen Roe, of Winnebago; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara, in 1994; and his father-in-law, Wilbur Roe.
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