George C. Wagner
September 29, 1939 - December 10, 2017
George C. Wagner passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 10, 2017. He was 78.
George was born September 29, 1939 in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Harry and Helen Switzer Wagner. George was the youngest of six children. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and served his country for 10 years. He earned various medals during his time of service, including the Vietnam Service Medal.
George married Patricia C. Jacobson in Portland on October 29, 1960. They were married for over 57 years. The couple had four children and raised their family in the Canby area. He was employed as a computer programmer in the banking industry and later for Oregon State University. In 1993, George and Pat relocated to Monmouth to be closer to George’s work at Oregon State University.
George and Patricia were avid equestrians. As members of the Willamette Wranglers Horse Club, they spent a lot of their leisure time caring for their horses and participating in various functions with the Wranglers including participating in parades, competitions and charity events. He also served as a volunteer for the Polk County Historical Society Museum for a number of years and was a member of the American Legion Post #20.
While George was passionate about his horses and volunteering for the historical society, George’s greatest love was for his family. Always happiest when he was surrounded by family, he began an annual family campout in the 1970s. As the family expanded and grew over the years, the once small campout had over 75 family members attending last year. He will be remembered as a kind, generous thoughtful person and family man whose unconditional love for his family and friends was evident in all that he did and said.
George was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Patricia; children Kenneth (Lisa) of Powell Butte, Karen of Bend, John (Paris) of Salem and Joel (Rachel) of Dallas; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren (with one on the way.)
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in George’s name be made to the ALS Association of Oregon, 700 NE Multnomah St. #210, Portland, OR 97232.
A Funeral Service is planned for 10:30 am, Tuesday December 19 at Mt. Scott Funeral Home 4205 SE 59th Ave., Portland, OR 97206. A Graveside Service with full military honors will follow at Willamette National Cemetery. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.