Ronald “Whitey” W. Wagner, 73, of West Bend, passed away peacefully following a long and courageous battle with cancer on Monday, September 19, 2016 at his home with his loving wife and family by his side.
He was born on November 6, 1942 to the late Helen Wagner (nee Kugler) in West Bend. He graduated from West Bend High School. He was drafted and honorable served in the United States Army for 2 years. On leave following basic training he was united in marriage on August 2, 1966 to Susan Berres at St. Michael Catholic Church. Ron worked for the West Bend Company for 45 years. He enjoyed wood working, painting, and handyman work on his son’s apartments. He liked to refinish furniture and was always working around the house. He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church of West Bend, a 25 year club member and usher. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Those Ron leave behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 50 years, Sue; son, Marvin (Terri) Wagner; three grandchildren, Bradley, Cassandra, and Allen Wagner; brother, Robert “Sonny” Wagner; foster siblings, Lisa (Guy) Tesch, Kevin (Rhonda) Kalies, and Angel (Brian) Skrentny; sisters-in-law, Audrey Bath and Marion Berres; grand dogs, Levi and Murphy; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Pat (Wilton) Kirchner and Lucille (Mike) Strupp; brother, Jerry Wagner; Father and Mother-in law, Gregory and Marie Berres; sister-in-law, Virginia Wagner; brothers-in-law, Richard Berres, Roger Berres; foster parents, Louis and Evelyn Kalies.
A Funeral Service in remembrance of Ron will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend. Burial will be on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Washington County Memorial Park.
The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service.
A special thank you to Father Heppe, the Horizon Home Care doctors, nurses and staff for all their compassion and care, the Froedtert medical team, Neighbors, relatives, and friends that came by in the last days of Ron’s life for all their support.