Surrounded by family, William “Bill” Howard Wagner passed away peacefully at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK on January 16, 2018. Bill was born in Rosetown, SK on August 20, 1940. His parents were Howard and Donella (née Sinclair) Wagner who predeceased Bill in 1994 and 2007 respectively.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Olga (née Rabuka); son Gregg; daughter Jamie (Keith) Tyson; five grandchildren Amanda “Amy”, Jillian and Mitchell Wagner and Shaw and Amber Tyson and one great-granddaughter Charlotte. Bill is also survived by his sister Carol Cox; brother Ron “Joe” (Judy); brother-in-law Larry (Elaine) Rabuka; nieces Rhonda, Tammy Jo, Phoebe and Telly and nephews Glenn, Barry and Queinten. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Bill Cox and nephew Garry.
Bill was raised on his parent’s family farm southwest of Harris. He enjoyed playing sports and was a very good hockey (Rosetown Red Wings) and fastball player in his youth. In 1961, Bill and Olga were married. They lived in and operated the Wagner Hardware Store in Harris up until the winter of 1966 at which time they purchased and moved to their farm eight miles west of Harris. Bill and his brother Joe were partners in a mixed farming operation consisting of land and commercial cattle. In the early 1970’s, they switched to purebred cattle and farmed/operated Wagner Bros. Charolais and were members of the West Central Charolais Club for many years. Bill also drove a school bus for many years.
Bill donated a great deal of time to volunteer work. He was a charter member (and past president) of the Harris Lions Club (50 years) and served on the board of the Canadian Charolais Association. He was a Harris-Tessier Telephone Board Member, served on the Harris Town Council and was a Harris United Church member where he enjoyed singing in the church choir. Bill loved music, he sang at countless weddings, funerals and dances over the better part of 60 years. His home and automobiles were filled with music and it was definitely a love he passed down to his children and grandchildren. Bill also loved the outdoors, especially camping in the summertime where he enjoyed fishing, water-skiing and telling stories around the campfire. Bill continued playing the sports he loved as he got older, only now it was old-timer hockey and slow-pitch baseball. When he was unable to participate any longer, he enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially curling and NFL football in recent years in which he became a big Patriots/Tom Brady fan.
Bill’s family wishes to thank all who attended Bill’s funeral on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Harris Cemetery, P.O. Box 124, Harris, SK, S0L 1K0.