Robert Everett Wagner, known to friends and family as Bob, passed away on November 21, 2023. He leaves behind a legacy of dedication, service, and warm memories that will forever be remembered by those who knew him.
Bob was born on October 2, 1931, in a small farm outside Windsor Colorado. From an early age, he displayed a strong work ethic and a thirst for knowledge. After completing his high school education, Bob enlisted in the Marine Corps to serve his country during the Korean War. True to his nature as a responsible and caring individual, he made sure to finish the harvest on his father's farm before joining the military.
Following his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Bob embarked on an interesting career in public service. He worked for several decades in both the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. His expertise in range management led him to present numerous papers for organizations such as the Society for Range Management. Bob's dedication to his field was recognized by the US Department of the Interior, which awarded him for his outstanding contributions to the Bureau of Land Management and Soil Conservation Service National Range Handbook.
Despite his professional achievements, Bob always placed family at the center of his life. For 69 years, he shared a beautiful journey with his beloved wife, Wilma. Together they traveled to many states and countries, creating unforgettable memories along the way. As snowbirds, they enjoyed spending time in Brownsville, Texas, and Lake Havasu City, Arizona. These adventures allowed Bob and Wilma to immerse themselves in new cultures and experiences that enriched their lives.
Beyond his commitment to work and family, Bob had a curious mind eager to explore different interests. Investment became one of his greatest passions; he would spend hours diligently following financial channels and staying up-to-date with world events. His wealth of knowledge allowed him to engage in thought-provoking conversations with friends, always willing to share his insights and opinions.
While Bob's accomplishments and hobbies are remarkable, it is the personal connections he formed that truly defined him. He treasured the moments spent with his cousins, often gathering together for meals and storytelling sessions filled with laughter and reminiscing. The warmth and kindness he experienced from the staff at Pointe Frontier left a lasting impression on him, reminding him of the importance of genuine human connection.
Bob will be remembered as a dedicated individual who approached every aspect of his life with unwavering commitment. His genuine love for family, his thirst for knowledge, and his willingness to engage in meaningful conversations will forever inspire those who had the privilege of knowing him. Bob was a lifetime member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Lee Wagner, his cousin, Johnny Cagle, cousins Richard and Joanne Weinmeister. Robert is survived by his daughter Teresa Jo (Jim) Manzanares, his son Bret (Teresa) Wagner, his grandchildren, Thaddeus (Melissa) Manzanares, Shaun (Tiffany) Manzanares, and his great grandchildren, Aiden and Alexander Manzanares, and cousin, Dorthy Cagle.
In honor of Bob's life, all are welcome to attend a memorial service planned to celebrate his remarkable journey on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 2:00 pm in the Lakeview Chapel located at the Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As we say our final goodbyes, let us also take solace in knowing that his spirit will live on in our hearts and memories.