Lester Wagner

We lost a wonderful man when Lester Matt “Les” Wagner left this world on July 13, 2012.

Posted August 1, 2012

We lost a wonderful man when Lester Matt “Les” Wagner left this world on July 13, 2012. Always quick with a joke or some funny remark, he got so much enjoyment out of making people laugh.

Les was born Nov. 28, 1957, to Irene and Theophil Wagner in Hazen, the fourth of five siblings. After high school, he traveled the west while working in the oil filed industry as a licensed blaster, but always managed to make it home to North Dakota for holidays and family visits.

It was on one of those visits he met his wife, Jill.

An opportunity to work at a gold mine brought them to California, shortly after they met. They eventually settled in Shasta Lake.

His love for anything with an engine at least two wheels brought him to more traditional work, driving a tow truck for a local auto recycler.

He enjoyed riding with his wife, whether it was off-road in the surrounding hills or on his street bike.

But his greatest pleasure was his “old Chevy,” having kept it nearly 30 years and restoring it to the beauty it once was. He could be seen driving around town with his wife and wearing a smile so big he could barely contain it within the car!

He leaves behind his wife, Jill: his mother, Irene Heuer, Haynes; his brothers, the Rev. Larry Wagner, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Lynn Wagner, Old Forge, Pa.; his sisters, Linda Mosbrucker, South Heart, and Loretta Wagner-Kuntz, Haynes; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Services were held on July 23 at Allen and Dahl on Eureka Way and a celebration of life followed at the American Legion in Shasta Lake.

Donations can be made in his memory to your local chapter of Forever Pets; an organization committed to placing homeless animals and has a “no euthanasia” policy.