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Wesley Wagner



August 9, 1922 to December 21, 2013

Wesley Raymond Wagner, 91, born in Moreland Idaho on August 9, 1922, to Lloyd Raymond Wagner, and Flossie Belle Ellis, passed away in his sleep on the morning of December 21, 2013, just one month after the passing of his wife, Ethel Ruth Wagner. Wes has been a resident of Goldendale for 33 years. He and his wife moved here from Kent, Wash., in 1980.

Family was extremely important to Wes. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He met Ethel at a dance hall in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and fell in love. They were soon married for time and all eternity in the Logan Utah Temple, October 13, 1942. They began their family and Wes worked hard on a farm until he hurt his back and had to change his occupation. He went to an apprentice school and became a tool and die maker, later opening his own machine shop.

Wes was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many capacities there. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and camping with his family. Wes and Ethel had many motor homes over the years, to which he added features such as elevators and special seating as Ethel's needs increased. They would take two months at a time and travel around to visit family and friends. Wes and Ethel lived in Idaho, Utah, California, and Washington as they raised their family.

Wes moved his machine shop to Goldendale in 1980. He later moved the family business to Goldendale as well, which expanded to include TLC Modular Homes in 1999. This business continues to design and build modular homes today. Wes was president, and an active, contributing member of that business until the care of his wife became his main focus.

Wes has been a machinist, tool and die maker and inventor throughout his life. He has designed and built machinery to include modifying a heart and lung machine for pediatric use for University of Washington Hospital, one of the first automated tower parking garages, and a prototype rotary engine, which he built in the basement of his Seattle home. He invented the first hanging marble clothes dryer rack in Idaho Falls, to keep his own house useable as his wife hung up many diapers, raising their little family. He built and sold many of these clothes dryers until the electric dryer became the preferred option. This is just a small sampling of countless innovative projects that Wes was involved with. More recently, Wes made and invented several devises to assist with Ethel's care as she became more and more disabled. His biggest business disappointment was that he did not get his "mechanical levitation" machine designed and built. He wanted to change the way people traveled, and worked on this for many years. He may know more about that now.

Wes is survived by their three sons and two daughters. Jeanette Ruth (Truman) Jepson of Bonney Lake, WA; Raymond J Wagner and his wife, Sydney Aline (Coburn) Wagner, and David Lee Wagner and his wife, Rita Lynn (Forschler) Wagner, both of Goldendale, WA; Larry Dee Wagner and his wife, Phyllis (Eplin) Wagner, of Purcell Oklahoma; and Shauna Joyce (Fred) Hammond of Meridian, ID. He is also survived by his two sisters, Verna Mae (Paul) Morgan, and Ida Bell (Jack) Krussell, and his Brother Robert Ellis Wagner and his wife Shirley Jean (Wilcox), who all reside in Utah; and many grandchildren, great, and great-great grandchildren. He always said, he had "a whole herd of grandkids".

Wesley is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his older sister Francis Augusta Richards, two of his grandsons, David Allen Jepson and Jefferson Wesley Wagner, and a great-granddaughter, Breanne Michelle Redmond.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., in the chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, in Goldendale, WA on Saturday, December 28, 2013. Wes will be laid to rest beside his eternal companion Ethel Ruth (Peasley) Wagner in the Mountainview Cemetery in Goldendale, following the services. Funeral arrangements are being taken care of by Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel.


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