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George R. Wagner

George R. Wagner

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MORRIS — George R. Wagner, 93, of Morris died Thursday evening (Dec. 15, 2005) at the Morris Hospital.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Grace Lutheran Church, Morris, with Pastor Steven Heilman officiating.

Burial of the cremains will be in the West Lisbon Cemetery. The family will greet friends in the Fellowship Hall at the church after the service.

The Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., Morris, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Sept. 27, 1912, in Pinckneyville and was a son of Theodore and Minnie Beck Wagner. He graduated from Pinckneyville High School.

On Nov. 1, 1938, he married Marian Bentson in Altenburg, Mo. She preceded him in death in 1968.

He farmed in Saratoga Township for 26 years and retired in 1976.

He is survived by one son, Richard (Eileen) Wagner of Heyworth; one daughter, Jane (Jon) French of Forsyth; four granddaughters, Karen (Darren) Neuman of Palo Alto, Calif.; Nancy (Jay) Emerich of Forsyth; LaMona (Brian) Albertson of LeRoy; and Linette (Steven) Halcomb of Morris; six great-grandchildren, Juliet and Eric Neuman, and Alexis, Nathaniel, Ericka and Katherine Halcomb; two sisters, Wilma Jacobsgaard of Holland, Mich., and Joanne (Gene) House of Wilmington; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Paul Wagner; and one sister, Olga Ohlendorf.

He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, supportive of the Grundy Farm Bureau and was on the board of directors for many years. He also supported the extension programs and was an assistant 4-H leader for a number of years.

He was an innovator in corn and soybean production, reduced tillage and hybrid selection.

Memorials may be given to the Grace Lutheran Church or the Morris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center activity fund.

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