With family at his side, Waynard “Wayne” Darrell Wagner, of Grass Valley, passed away early on the morning of July 9, 2014, from complications of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Wayne was born 80 years ago in Seymour, Mo., on Sept. 5, 1933, to Fred and Minnie Wagner. The family moved to California in the 1950s. Wayne graduated from Armijo High School in 1952.
He was drafted into the Army and served in the Korean War. He left the service at the rank of sergeant. He married the love of his life, Inez Nicholson, on Sept. 8, 1957. They remained married until Inez’s death in 2010.
Waynard went to work for the city of Fairfield while still in high school as a meter reader. He left the city of Fairfield after 22 years of service and moved his little family to Grass Valley in 1972, where he went to work for the Nevada Irrigation District. He retired from NID March 14, 1994. His retirement dinner was attended by 114 friends and colleagues and a few state dignitaries. Wayne and Inez enjoyed traveling after retirement. They also enjoyed having their family around and playing with their grandchildren.
Waynard is survived by his sister, Lorene Hudson, of Vacaville, Calif.; son, Darrell (Bea) Wagner, of Reno, Nev.; daughter, Joni (Michael) Smalley, of Marysville, Calif.; grandchildren Christopher Tuck, of Fairfield, Calif., Bryan Tuck, of Houston, Texas, and Jesse Allanson, of Reno, Nev. He was blessed to have two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.
Wayne was blessed to have many youngsters in his life who he considered family. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, traveling and reading the morning paper with a good cup of coffee. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Wayne had been living at the Prestige care facility in Marysville for the past four years where the staff took exceptionally good care of him and he loved “his girls.”
A wake in Wayne’s honor will be held at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge at a later date.
A celebration of life will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 109 S. School St. in Grass Valley. Full military honors will be rendered by the Nevada County All Veterans Honor Guard at 2:30 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City, Calif., 530-265-2429.