May 13, 2004

(6/1/1939 5/2/2004)

Michael Eugene Wagner, 64, of Memphis, MO, expired May 2, 2004, while hunting in rural Scotland County, Missouri with a young friend.

He was born June 1, 1939, in Yates, MO, to William Alexis and Dora Lillian Kilgore Wagner.

He graduated from Armstrong High School, class of 1957. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kirksville State Teachers College and taught science for 34 years to high school and junior high students in schools at Gorin and Memphis, MO. He also coached basketball, baseball and softball.

He married Diana Sue Davidson on August 14, 1966 at the First Baptist Church in Memphis, MO.

Mike was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, the National Rifle Association, National Trappers Association and lifetime member of the Missouri Trappers Association. He was a volunteer hunter education instructor for the Missouri Department of Conservation. In addition to his great love for hunting and wildlife, he had an avid interest in hybridizing, growing and showing champion gladiolus throughout the United States and worked with trial gardens for more than 30 years. He was a member of the North American Gladiola Council and member and past president of the Illinois Gladiola Society.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Diana; two brothers, William Wagner, Jr. and his wife, Patricia of Gainesville, FL and David Wagner and his wife, Cheryl of Glasgow, MO. Other survivors include nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and a host of extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Ellen Wagner; and a brother, Robert Wagner.

Memorial services were held May 7, 2004, at the First Baptist Church in Memphis, MO with the Reverends Dan Hite and Ernest Deatrick officiating. Music was provided by Sarah Myers and Faye Humphrey.

Honorary bearers were Bob Brown, James Morgan, Kevin Patterson, Tom Shalley, Larry Schultz, Joe Steffen and Bob Waddell. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Michael E. Wagner Science Scholarship. Memphis Funeral Home, Memphis, MO was in charge of arrangements.

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