Woodrow Wilson Wagner obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Woodrow Wilson Wagner

June 30, 1913 - May 13, 2011

Obituary


Woodrow Wilson Wagner, 97, of Victoria, died May 13, 2011, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born June 30, 1913 in Victoria to Lou Eismann Wagner and Ed Wagner. He married Pearl Pauline Gabrysch on September 23, 1936 in Edna.

He served in the Tree Army in New Mexico, served in the Marine National Guard, and worked in the shipyards on the Houston Ship Channel during World War II. After the war, he moved back to Victoria and worked for York Oil Company before founding his own homebuilding company of Woodrow Wagner...

Woodrow Wilson Wagner, 97, of Victoria, died May 13, 2011, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born June 30, 1913 in Victoria to Lou Eismann Wagner and Ed Wagner. He married Pearl Pauline Gabrysch on September 23, 1936 in Edna.

He served in the Tree Army in New Mexico, served in the Marine National Guard, and worked in the shipyards on the Houston Ship Channel during World War II. After the war, he moved back to Victoria and worked for York Oil Company before founding his own homebuilding company of Woodrow Wagner and Sons, INC. After retirement, he continued to volunteer for years for many building projects.

He was a lifelong Catholic, and one of the founding families of the Holy Family Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Fourth Degree. He enjoyed volunteering at the parish festivals and KC events. He loved to play dominoes, play cards, hunt, and fish with his friends and family members in west Texas, Jackson County, and his ranch in Ezzell. He was an avid gardener and pecan grower. He maintained his yard and his garden on his own until age 95. He was a great mentor and example of his many skills for his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons: Bill (Ann) and Patrick (Virginia); two daughters, Sue (Ray) Lesak and Kay Thigpen; 16 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren. Also three brothers: Louis, Loyd, and Jack Wagner.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Pearl; infant son, Phillip Ronald; brother, Floyd; and sisters, Mary Ann Otto, Katy Smith, Marie Bailey, Nora Herbold, and Irene Knipling.

Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Monday, May 16, 2011 at Holy Family Catholic Church, with the Rev. Greg Korenek officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery with full military honors under Auspices of Victoria County Veterans Council, AL, CWV, VFW, DAV, MCL, MOWW, Ex-POW, MOPH, VVA and the KWV. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Darryl, Scott, and Stephen Lesak; Jay, Chad, and Jason Thigpen; Woodrow (II), David, Daren, Billy, Brian, and Aron Wagner; Laura Simmons, Donna Bures, Paula Allgood, and Sylvia Lloyd.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church Building Fund or the charity of the donor's choice. A special thanks is extended to the staff at Victoria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and to Hospice of South Texas.

Words of comfort may be shared with the Family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com

Arrangements are with Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, TX 361-578-3535