LeRoy R. Wagner


MENDOTA - LeRoy R. Wagner, 93, of Mendota passed away April 15, 2019 at Mendota Lutheran Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Zion United Methodist Church, Mendota with Rev. Hogun Kim officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.

LeRoy was born July 19, 1925 in Ophir Township to Harvey and Florence (Roux) Wagner. He married Betty Lou Otterbach on Nov. 17, 1943 at Zion United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of Mendota; three children they were blessed to have, Connie (Tom) Meade of Bossier City, La., James (Pauline) Wagner of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Kent (Janel) Wagner of Huxley, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Jeffrey (Karen) Meade of Bath, N.C., Jay (Erika) Meade of Carrolltown, Texas, Mindy (Kris) Blaylock of Benton, La., Lindsey (Zachary) Goodman of Minden, La., Jennifer (Ryan) Soy of Olathe, Kan., Bradley (Merissa) Wagner of Castle Rock, Colo., Ryan (Sarah) Wagner of Tempe, Ariz., Adam Wagner of Texas and Joshua of California; 16 great-grandchildren; and three nephews, Joe Otey of Kansas City, Kan., John Otey of Amissville, Va., and James Otey of Neosho, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Velma Otey; one brother-in-law, Frank Otey; and his father- and mother-in-law, Roy and Leona Otterbach.

LeRoy grew up on the family farm in Wallace Township. He was a 1943 graduate of Mendota High School, where he participated in football and track. He farmed his entire life and was a breeder of Registered Hereford Cattle. He was also employed for the final five years at the ASHO Project in Ottawa working in the testing of soils for the construction of Interstate 80. He was a faithful member of Evangelical Methodist Church in Ottawa. After his retirement from farming in 1990, he and his wife moved back to Mendota, where he was a faithful member of Zion United Methodist Church. He was a past master of the Masonic Order and a member and past president of the Mendota Lions Club. He will be missed by all who knew him but will be remembered as a true friend and also a gentle and loving husband, father and grandpa.

Memorials may be directed to Zion United Methodist Church or the Mendota Lutheran Home.

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