Del Wagner of Hermiston Passes Away at the Age of 88


Delbert L. “Del” Wagner of Hermiston died on July 31, 2017 in Hermiston at the age of 88.

He was born on March 8, 1929 in Sydney, Neb., to Herman and Mary Sadle Wagner.

Del was raised and attended schools in Nebraska, graduating from North Platte High School in North Platte, Nebraska in the class of 1947. He went to school to learn to be a linotype operator and then began his career. Del was united in marriage to Ramona Lauer on November 11, 1950 in North Platte, Nebraska. They lived in many different states during his 25 year career at newspapers and job shops as well as owning and operating a burrito stand in California. Del then went to work doing God’s work as the custodian and grounds keeper at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Christian School in North Platte, Nebraska. He served there for 30 years and also had a shoe repair business in his home for four years before he retired. They moved to Hermiston, Oregon in 2006 where they have lived since. Del was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hermiston, Oregon and the Typographical Union. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and traveling.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years: Ramona Wagner, Hermiston, OR; sons: Douglas Wagner & wife Patricia, and Steven Wagner & wife Elaine, all of Hermiston, OR; brothers: Robert Wagner & wife Vicky, Bogalusa, LA, James Wagner & wife Linda, Grove, OK; sister-in-law: Wanda Wagner, Grove, OK; grandchildren: Laura, Lucas (Tammy), Angela (Jeremy), Michelle & Lauren; 13 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Del was preceded in death by his parents, a sister: Jean Arnesdorf and a brother: Dale Wagner.

Those who wish may make contributions in Del’s memory to Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Preschool or St. Judes Children Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 515 SW Seventh St., Hermiston.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.