August 7, 1921 - June 12, 2018
Mass of Christian Burial for Lester Wagner, 96, a life-long Hereford resident will be celebrated Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Reverend Anthony Neusch, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow at Rest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Parkside Chapel Funeral Home. Mr. Wagner passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Hereford. Family will be receiving friends Friday, June 15, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Parkside Chapel.
Lester F. Wagner was born August 7, 1921 in Hereford to Roy and Mabel (Hacker) Wagner. He married Viola Elizabeth Gabel in 1948 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Amarillo.
He joined the US Army, 1st Calvary Division, December 27, 1939, served in the Horse Drawn Field Artillery for two years in Fort Bliss, Texas; Lester trained in the swamps of Louisiana and desert training at the Desert Training Center in California, under General George Patton. Engaged in battel in Tunisia, he was wounded in battle near Maknassy on March 31, 1943, and was awarded the Purple Heart and discharged on October 31, 1944.
After his retirement from 38 years in the auto parts business he was active in the “American Red Cross”, “Deaf Smith County United Way”, “Deaf Smith County Crime Stoppers”, and the “American Heart Association”. He was an Honorary Lifetime member of the Hereford Lions Club for 39 years and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. He was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans. Served on the board and volunteered for Hereford Seniors Citizens Association for many years. In 1979 he was honored as Father of the Year and in 1996, was named Citizen of the Year for Deaf Smith County and named Volunteer of the Year by the United Way in 2004. He was named Deaf Smith County Pioneer of the Year in 2005. He also served as Assistant Municipal Court Judge for the City of Hereford for three years.
Lester was proud of his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a life-long member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where he served as usher and Eucharist Minister for many years.
He is survived by his son David and wife Julia of Hereford; two daughters, Mary Kay and husband Frank Peters of Amarillo, and JoAnn and husband Randy Bryan of Wallsenberg, Colorado; fifteen grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren; and two new arrivals in November. He is also survived by two brothers, Donald of Amarillo and Gerald of Gun Barrel City; one sister, Doris Meyers of North Glenn, Colorado.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Viola; one son, Ronnie; four brothers, Laurence, Keith, Glenn, and Clyde; one two sister, Lucille Hayden and Louise Mitchell.
The family suggests Memorials in Mr. Wagner’s name be made to St. Anthony’s Endowment Fund, 115 N. 25 Mile Ave., Hereford, Texas 79045, The Hereford Senior Citizens Association, 426 Ranger St, Hereford, Texas 79045 or King’s Manor, 400 Ranger St., Hereford, Texas 79045.