Don A. Wagner

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Don A. Wagner, 69, of Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Aurora Bay Care Hospital in Green Bay.

Don was born in Oconto Falls on June 3, 1948, a son of the late Waldemar and Lorraine (Andersen) Wagner.

Following his graduation from Gillett High School in 1966, Don attended Southern Polytechnic State University until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He received numerous medals and decorations, including the National Defense Service Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal with two stars. He was honorably discharged in 1972 and returned home to Gillett.

Don went to work for Wagner Gas & Electric and eventually assumed ownership until his retirement in 2008. He was married to Judy (Winkler) on June 30, 2001.

Don was an avid and enthusiastic hunter and fisherman. His hunting and fishing trips took him annually to Canada and as far away as New Zealand. Don was a “Life Member” of the Oconto River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited. In addition to traveling extensively, Don also loved spending time with his grandkids. He will be sadly missed.

Don is survived by his wife, Judy; his son, Christopher (Heather) Winkler, of Webster City, Iowa; his brothers, Mark (Arlene) Wagner, of Mohnton, Pennsylvania, and Paul (Mary) Wagner, of Waldo. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Mildred Winkler, of Suring; his in-laws, Shirley Lusk, Helen Smith, Edwin (Joyce) Winkler, Barb Winkler, Gene (Ellen) Winkler, Randy (Peggy) Winkler, Ricky (Sandy) Winkler, Bonnie (Ken) Juza, Debbie (Bryon) Huffman and Hoyt Blanchard. Don also leaves his grandchildren, Dayton and Kaitlyn Winkler, and his godchildren, Heather Winkler, Kathryn Winkler, Ethan and Lucas Monroe. Don is further survived by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as other relatives and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Edwin Winkler; sisters-in-law, Debbie Wagner, Dorothy Blanchard, Mary Sell; and brothers-in-law, John Smith and Robert Winkler.

Family and friends called on the family from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at Legacy Funeral Chapels, 108 E. Main St., Gillett. Visitation continued on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 101 W. Main St., Gillett. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kent Wallace officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Don and Judy want to thank Derek (Sarah) and Daren (Veronica) Wagner for all of the wonderful outdoor adventures! Also thank you to Paul and Mark Wagner for all the great hunting and fishing trips. The memories will live on forever.

For information or to leave an online condolence, please visit or call 920-855-2144.