Marvin Lawrence Wagner
Monday, July 07, 2014 3:00 AM
Marvin Lawrence Wagner, 89, answered the call he had been waiting for on July 4, 2014, to join his family and friends in an eternal rest. Marvin was born April 15, 1925, to Leo and Emma (Todzy) Wagner, in the town of Wagner where he spent his whole life.
He was delivered by his grandmother, Susan (Daffenbach) Wagner, the area’s midwife who had worked for Dr. Mayo in Minnesota before following her husband Joseph to Wisconsin to stake their claim on land here that would eventually be named the town of Wagner. Marvin was proud of his heritage, and after working at Menominee paper until he was 65, he took a position in public works for the town of Wagner until he was, as he would say; “85 years and 6 months and 2 weeks”. He worked hard all his life and one of the other jobs he enjoyed for years was raising “Black Angus” cattle on his land. He married Katherine (DeLaet) on October 27, 1945, and he had one daughter, Karol Jean Wagner (Cole), who survives, with her husband Donald of Green Bay.
Marvin is also survived by a grandson, Dustin Richard Cole; and two great-grandchildren: Alexis and Sam Cole of Green Bay; his sister, Susan Krygoski of Menominee, Mich.; brother, Gene Wagner and wife (Carol) of Green Bay. He also has many nieces and nephews, whose company he enjoyed and entertained with his humor and old-time stories. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Evelyn (Sary Goodfellow) and her husband, John; four brothers: Earl, Doug, Richard, and Wally and his wife, Arlene (Stansfield) Wagner; and two grandsons: Dane Joseph Cole and Douglas Marvin Cole.
Marvin loved to play baseball and was known as the homerun hitter “Golden Stick”, but would say, he had trouble hitting the “dipsy doodle”. He played for the McAllister “Hunters”, until he hung it up at age 42. He enjoyed the outdoors, and his home in the Wagner countryside, and could never understand why anyone would want to live in the city. The only bright lights he liked were the ones that lit up on the slot machines at the Casinos on his many “rides” up north. Kids could also light up his life, and put a “jack pot” of a smile on his face, along with that deep “Santa Claus” like “ho-ho-ho” laugh. He relished his Saturdays at the Wagner dump-site, where he always kept candy on hand, to pass out to each and every kid. He did this every Saturday for a little over 20 years, and only asked one thing in return, that his wife Katie welcome him home each and every Saturday, by saying,” “Welcome home, its Saturday night”, and of course she always loving did with a hot meal waiting. He also was and honest, who was never afraid to speak his mind, or as he would say; “Tell it like it is, whether you agreed or not”. We all remember things like this over the years; how he loved his classic country music, horse shoes, and bargain buying. We will all miss him, along with that deep reassurance in his voice, laughter, humor, kindness, and most of all unconditional love he had for his family and friends. However, death is not the end of life. Rather, it is the beginning. As Pope Leo XIII, once said, “When we give up this life, then we shall really begin to live!” Marvin now lives in a place without pain and suffering.
Friends may call at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home, in Marinette, from 12 noon until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with Sister Helen Plum, SSND officiating.
Burial will be in St. Edward Cemetery in the Town of Wagner.