Claudia Wagner has asked that you each be made aware of her husband of over 60 years, Richard (Dick) Wagner's passing on November 9, 2021. Dick had heart problems and had recently contracted COVID which was too much of a challenge. He was stricken at his home in Dunsmuir surrounded by family and friends celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary and passed on at the Dignity Health Hospital in Mt Shasta.
We all know how in love those two were through thick and thin while raising two wonderful children. We'll never forget her showing off her new bow, the star halfback on the football team and a fine student…her family was immediately welcoming. Dick continued to be the superstar throughout his life. Though his father was the Road Foreman of Engines for the whole Southern Pacific System and Dick was invited to go into management, he declined so he could spend more time with his family and railroading friends. He exemplified Dunsmuir’s tough but caring old railroaders during his 40+ year career as a conductor. The indomitable “Dick and Claudia team owned a service station, U Haul rental, the Greyhound Depot, and often rented their mobile home so were busy folks. They were notable community supporters and informally “adopted” and raised many of the young folks, who'd lost parents in the community. The couple sponsored the town's Friday Night Dances at the community center, fed those that were hungry both physically and spiritually, and guided their two children and many others to productive lives. Dick taught himself locksmithing at which he worked part time. After his railroad retirement, he was a full time expert locksmith; for 57 years "Dick's Lock Service" kept many doors in the north state secure and made hundreds of friends. They often shared their houseboat on Shasta or Siskiyou Lakes with friends. And their staunch support of St Barnabas Episcopal Church guided their life's journey. What a warm and giving couple.
Claudia doesn't do email so if you'd like to share a thought with her try 530-235-2128 or via “FACEBOOK”. Her daughter Cori Gibson (541-944-2010) lives in the Medford, Oregon area where she raised two high-achieving, mature sons, Drew and Ethan. Dick and Claudia’s son David Wagner (530-722-9358) lives in Redding, California with wife Kristine and three teen age daughters (Kelsey, Kylee, and Kacie). They are a close-knit family and will need your support as they plan their father’s memorial after the COVID restrictions. Richard Wagner’s passing is a sad loose for such a wonderful family and the community! A memorial Service will be announced soon.
Posted online on May 24, 2022
Published in Mount Shasta Herald