ROANOKE – Victor Henry Wagner, 89, of Peoria Heights, formerly of Roanoke, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Peoria.
He was born July 6, 1925, at the family home near Roanoke, the son of Henry and Della Hudson Wagner. He married Delores Sommer on Jan. 19, 1947, in Peoria. She survives.
Survivors include six sons, Rick Wagner, Peoria Heights, Daryl (Cheryl) Wagner, Chillicothe, Jeff (Vicki) Wagner and Nathan (Michelle) Wagner, both of Peoria, Robert (VaNessa) Wagner, Tremont and Roger (Damara) Wagner, Germantown Hills; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one sister, Rachel Davidson, Eureka.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, one son, one brother and five sisters.
Victor left the family farm and enlisted into the Navy in 1943, where he served aboard the USS Tripoli during World War II. After being discharged, he went to work at the Northern Regional Laboratory in Peoria. When his work there was finished, Victor returned to farming with his father and brother. He eventually went into the construction industry as a skilled carpenter and contractor with his brother David, constructing many homes and barns throughout the area. His great construction knowledge took him many places such as the Navel Air Base in Alameda, Calif., and Vail, Colo., to build “VailVillage.” Upon his return to Central Illinois, Victor was employed at Kent Lumber Co. in Bloomington, where he worked for 14 years. He was also heavily involved with the Civil Air Patrol during the 1960’s and 1970’s where was a captain. Victor then started a construction/woodworking business with his son David in Roanoke until he departed for coursework at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Victor and his wife then moved to Columbia, Mo., where he worked for Executive Affiliates, Inc., a multi-state property management company as a maintenance engineer, working on several commercial properties throughout town. He later served as a senior maintenance engineer for the Hilton Hotel in Columbia. Victor and his wife eventually opened M & M Grocery in New Windsor. They returned to Peoria to be near family and friends. Victor never truly retired as he helped many family and friends with construction projects until he was 82. The only thing that stopped him was a fall resulting in a broken hip. Victor was always willing to help anyone if it allowed him to swing a hammer. One of the projects he was most proud of was being a part of the construction of the Roanoke American Legion Post No. 463. Besides his love for woodworking, he enjoyed painting. Using both those mediums, he constructed and painted a war memorial for Legion Post 463, where he was made an honorary lifetime member. Victor’s quick wit and contagious smile will be missed by all those who were lucky enough to be graced by them.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Secor Cemetery, Secor, where military rites will be conducted by Post 463.
Memorials may be made to Post 463.