POCATELLO, Idaho – Harvey W. Wagner, longtime resident of Pocatello, Idaho, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, surrounded by the ones he loved.
He was born Feb. 3, 1942, in Sterling, the oldest child of Harvey “Hub” and Elizabeth (Sheler) Wagner. Harvey attended public schools in Rock Falls. At Rock Falls High School, he was an accomplished athlete, going all-state in wrestling and playing quarterback for the RFHS football team. Following graduation in 1960, he attended LaSalle Junior College.
In 1964, he married the former Glenda K. Sharp. After their marriage, he was called to serve in the Army with the 198th Light Infantry Brigade. He was a Vietnam veteran who served from 1967 to 1968. He was wounded in 1968, during the Tet Offensive, in which he was awarded a Purple Heart. After being hospitalized for 4 days, he returned to combat and completed his tour.
Shortly after his honorable discharge from the military, Harvey moved his young family (daughter Lisa was born while he was in Vietnam) from Illinois to Longmont, Colo., where they resided for 7 years. They were blessed with two more children, a son Mark William and daughter Laura Elizabeth. While in Colorado, Harvey worked as a cement contractor.
His love of the outdoors prompted the family to move in 1975 to Pocatello. As a member of the Cement Mason’s Union, he worked in various western states including California, Montana, and Arizona. He retired in 2004.
Harvey was a passionate sportsman, enjoying archery, fishing and hunting. His interest in guns started early and continued throughout his life. He was an excellent marksman. He studied ballistics, and was highly skilled at reloading ammunition. He was proud of his extensive firearms collection. He enjoyed spending time with his loyal companion, Ruger, his chocolate Labrador.
After many years of marriage, Harvey and Glenda were divorced, but remained close friends. Harvey loved his family deeply. He supported them in all their activities until the time of his death.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Wagner; daughters, Lisa (Steven Caldwell) Wagner of Columbia Falls, Mont., and Laura (Dr. Gentry) Yost of Pocatello; grandchildren, Sarah Averett, Rachel and Rebecca Hall, and Chandler, Kennedy, Burkleigh, and Evan Yost; great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Paulsen. Also surviving are four brothers, Terry (Stephanie) and Dan (Debbie), both of Pocatello, Richard (Ilene) of Rock Falls, and Dave of Inkom, Idaho; and sister-in-law, Hazel Wagner. Harvey also is survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins, including Larry Hubbard of Rock Falls.
Harvey was preceded in death by his father; and his son, Mark.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. Fourth Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 444 W. Fort St., Boise, ID 83702.
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