Wayne D. Wagner Davenport, Iowa Died on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
1:00 to 3:00 pm Saturday, March 18th, 2017 Weerts Funeral Home
3:00 pm Saturday, March 18th, 2017 Weerts Funeral Home
Wayne Dee Wagner, age 83, of Bettendorf, IA passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Bickford Cottage, Davenport. In celebration of his life, the family will greet friends from 1:00 pm until the time of service at 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road in Davenport. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Wayne was born in 1933 in Danville, Iowa to Theodore and Wilma Wagner. He graduated from Danville High School and was chosen as a member of the Iowa All-State Basketball Team in 1952. Wayne was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and as a coach. He married his beloved Leah Del Kelley on December 28, 1952 in Danville. He received his BA from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, IA where he also played basketball. He received his MA in Education from Northeast Missouri State in Kirksville, MO and taught for 38 years. He taught at Danville High School where he was the head basketball coach, head football coach, and assistant baseball coach. He also taught at Wilton High School and was the head basketball coach, assistant football coach, and head baseball coach. Later he spent 27 years at Bettendorf High School and became the head basketball coach for 8 years. He taught in the areas of social studies, industrial arts, physical education and history. Upon his retirement in 1994, he taught Drivers Education in the summer at Danville, Wilton and the Quad Cities schools and was a member of the Bettendorf Lions Club. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather who was kind spirited, had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed watching all sports.
Survivors include his wife, Leah Del of Bettendorf; daughter, Nyla (Tom) Krulik of Davenport; sons, Steven (LuAnn) Wagner of LeClaire and Scott (Deb) Wagner of Overland Park, KS; grandchildren, Kelly (Ryan) Voges, Kory (Jennifer) Krulik, Kyle (Kadi) Wagner, Brandon Krulik, Andy Krulik, Drew Wagner and Emily Wagner, Jennifer (Matt) Welsh and Mitchell (Brianne) Johnson; great-grandchildren Lillie and Kinley Voges, Boston Wagner & Elliana Davis, Luke and Claire Welsh and Ava and Wesley Johnson; and brother, Arlo (Luree) Wagner of Des Moines.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, James Theodore.
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