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Paul Wagner, 60-year-old resident of Onamia, MN formerly Las Vegas, NV and Vernon Center, MN passed away suddenly and unexpectedly due to a medical emergency on July 17, 2017 in Big Timber, MT, en route to his FEMA deployment in California. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3 P.M. on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia, MN with Father Jerry Schik, osc officiating. Private interment will in Calvary Cemetery in Mankato, MN. Visitation will be held 2 hrs. prior to Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia, MN. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia.
Paul Wagner was born on June 24, 1957 in Monticello, MN to James and Victoria (Praught) Wagner. He graduated in 1975 from Wellcome Memorial High School in Garden City, MN. Paul made many friends over his lifetime. Whether they be from school, work or play, those friendships were always an important part of his life and it was not uncommon to get an unexpected knock on the door or a phone call to meet him for lunch just to say hello and catch up. Paul truly enjoyed his work and some of his best loved jobs were Modern Grain in Amboy, MN; EG&G in Las Vegas, NV; and currently with FEMA which took him all over the country and brought him back home. Paul so enjoyed his nieces and nephews. If he hadnt renamed them, he certainly had something to tease them about. He was known as the tootsie roll uncle to his great-nieces and great-nephews. Even if they werent home when he stopped by, they knew hed been there by the Tootsie Rolls he left behind.
Paul is survived by his siblings, Nell (Mike) Ulman of North Mankato, MN, Lisa (Don) Nicholas of Onamia, MN, Leon (Gabby) Wagner of Vancouver, WA, Anne (Scott) Anderson of Zimmerman, MN, Joan (Doug) Leach of Onamia, MN; 23 nieces and nephews; and 30 great-nieces and great-nephews; and by his friends in Las Vegas whom he loved like family especially Austin and Casey.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, James and Victoria Wagner; brother, Zachary; and nephew/God-son, Benjamin Ulman.
Published on July 19, 2017
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