SIKESTON - James William "Jim" Wagner, 65, formerly of East Prairie, died at 11:41 a.m. Jan. 6, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Born Sept. 12, 1939, at Walker, Minn., son of the late Jack and Ann Kepic Wagner, he was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and Legion of Mary. Also a volunteer at the church Parish Center, he was part of the core team for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a founding member of the 50s-Plus Club and member of Knights of Columbus Council 3151. He served 21 years with the U.S. Army and attained the rank of sergeant first class during the Vietnam War. A former mail carrier in East Prairie, he also worked in the processing center in Cape Girardeau for the U.S. Postal Service and was employed by C.B. Forms in East Prairie for seven years. He was a foster parent for 15 years and helped raise 25 foster children.
On Jan. 28, 1957, in Chaffee, he married Shirley Phillips who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Jacque Wagner of Columbia and Tim and Sheila Wagner of East Prairie; two daughters and sons-in-law, Terry and Mike Grider of Kokomo, Ind., and Angie Wagner and Chris Vinson of East Prairie; six grandchildren, Nicole Grider and Michael Grider of Kokomo, Tristin Sutton, Amber Childers and Garry Lee Coffer II of East Prairie and David Wagner of Millington, Tenn.; and five great-grandchildren.
One son, Phillip A. Wagner, preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel where a prayer service is scheduled for 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Monsignor Stephen Schneider, pastor, officiating.
The Missouri Military Honor Guard will conduct graveside rites at the Blodgett Cemetery.