Bob was born on November 23, 1945 in McHenry, IL to Leroy and Mae (Smith) Wagner. He grew up in Volo, IL and graduated from Wauconda High School. Bob served his country in the United States Air Force and later graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Agronomy. He moved to Whitewater in 1977 and established the Wagner Family farm east of Whitewater. Bob was a progressive hog and grain farmer and was always looking for improved farming practices. “If you’re not making it better, you’re making it worse.” Bob married Susan Gaulke on February 15, 2014. He enjoyed taking long family trips, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and cutting wood. He was proud of his motorcycle trip to Alaska. Bob was a humble person who looked to help others. His charities were very important to him and volunteered with many organizations.
He is survived by his wife Susan, Whitewater; children Kelly (Ben) Ludeman, Milton, WI, Nick Wagner, Waukesha,WI, Rebecca (Kory) Boughton, Reedsburg, WI, Chris (Ashley) Stewart, Plainfield, IL; grandchildren Brock and Sophia Ludeman, Cooper and Harper Boughton, Jenna, Jessica and Mason Stewart; siblings Janice (Fred) Guptill, Topsham, ME, Phyllis (Wally) Marciniak, Ringwood, IL, Gary (Kim) Wagner, Johnsburg, IL, Brian (Jodi) Wagner, Wauconda, IL, Alan (Jackie) Wagner, Lake Villa, IL many nieces and nephews and his dog Zeke. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services with military rites will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 4:00pm at Nitardy Funeral Home 550 N. Newcomb St. Whitewater, WI 53190. A visitation will be held on Sunday from 1:00pm until the time of the service. Private Burial will take place at a later date.
As an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.