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In Memoriam ~ David Wagner ’62

David Wagner ’62  
David Joseph Wagner, the son of Thomas and Margarette (Jackins) Wagner was born on May 24, 1944 in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. He died at the age of 78 years on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at his home on his family ranch under the care of his family and hospice in Towner, North Dakota.  

David was born in Saint Joseph, was baptized and attended grade school in St. Joe’s. He went to Saint John’s Prep School in Collegeville, Minnesota graduating the class of 1962. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for most of his time. When he was honorably discharged, he went to work on the family farm/ranch in Nashua, Montana. On December 8, 1973, he was united in marriage to Dixie Stein in Glasgow, Montana. The couple lived on the family ranch for a few years before moving to Forest Grove, Montana to have their own ranch. In 1995, they moved their family to Towner, North Dakota to have a bigger ranch and raise their family.

When David was younger, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also loved to read and many days, he would read a book a day on his kindle. Besides loving his family, his love and passion was ranching and everything it entailed. He loved and respected the land and his family and took great care of both of them. He was blessed with Dixie and his family who also cared for him and will miss him dearly. His family will continue to honor his life on his ranch.  

David is survived by his wife, Dixie; children, Katie (Tom) Cline of McCall, Idaho, Patrick (Mandy) of Towner, Justin (Erin) of Harvey, Ryan (Tamara) of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Daniel of Towner, Luke of Bismarck and Sam (McKayla) of Towner; 16 grandchildren with one on the way; siblings, LaMay Bechtold of St. Cloud, Minnesota and Roger (Laura) of Nashua, Montana; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer; siblings and his parents.  

There will be a private family service for David at a later date. Friends and family are asked to please stop by the ranch anytime for coffee, stories and to visit.