Updated Obituary: Lawrence Dean Wagner
Lawrence Dean Wagner went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in Kingman. Dean was born July 26, 1947, to Lawrence Douglas Wagner and Rose Millicent Wagner in Pendleton, Ore. He was the fifth of nine children. Dean had lived in Pendleton, Hillsboro and North Plains, Ore.; Miami, Mo.; and Filer, Hansen and Murtaugh, Idaho, during his younger years, and attended school in Filer, Hansen and Murtaugh.
Dean served in the United States Navy on both the USS Cavalier and the USS Paul Revere. As Bosun's Mate, he drove boats on the rivers during three tours through Vietnam, carrying troops and supplies in and out of various war zones.
After his military discharge, he worked as a mechanic for manufacturing companies for several years, then became a purchasing agent for an industrial refrigeration company in Portland, Ore. He and his family moved to Kingman in 1999, where he worked as custodian until his early retirement in 2005.
Dean loved animals, and over a period of several years, helped to rescue and find homes for over 100 abandoned and homeless cats.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Karen of Kingman; sons, Scott Wagner of Orlando, Fla., and Lawrence (Lee Ann) Wagner of Sacramento, Calif.; stepsons, Anthony (Troi Lee) Brown of Canton, Ohio, and Eric (Leslie) Brown of Kingman; brothers, Gerald (Myra) Wagner and David (Rose) Wagner, both of Caldwell, Idaho, Loren (Helen) Wagner of Jerome, Idaho, Gary (Nancy) Wagner of Pendleton, Claire Wagner of Sacramento and Greg Wagner of Burley, Idaho; his sister, Diane (Warren) Weaver of Twin Falls, Idaho; an aunt and uncle; three nephew; nine nieces; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Dean was preceded in death by both his parents as well as one sister, Mary Rose, four aunts and four uncles.
He was a very kind and loving man, and will be forever missed by his family and friends.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time for final goodbyes.