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David “Dave” G. Wagner, 77, tragically passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. David was born Aug. 21, 1944, in Brady, Texas, and grew up alongside his brothers on a ranch outside of Mason.
Throughout his childhood, Dave dreamed of flying. He lived out this dream as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and continued his career with the Federal Aviation Administration as a flight inspector. After retiring from both, Dave enjoyed staying active in Civil Air Patrol, Daedalians, Quiet Birdmen, and American Legion associations. He was presented with many awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” award.
As an active, lifelong Christian, he held memberships at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Mason, Immanuel Lutheran Church of Pflugerville, St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, and Southside Baptist Church. Dave and Irma recently built their dream retirement home to be closer to his best friend since kindergarten, Rodney Leifeste, and his wife, Betsy. He enjoyed returning to country life, including taking care of his pets, flying his patriotic flags, and enjoying Irma’s delicious home cooking.
His love and presence were so quiet yet so strong, and is greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, said his family.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Cynthia Wagner; parents Martin and Marguerite Wagner; and brother and sister-in-law Phil and Pat Wagner.
David is survived by his wife of 24 years, Irma B. Wagner; son Noel Wagner and children Ella, Landon, Sabrina, and Olivia; daughter Holly Harwell and husband Michael and children Michael III, Madison, and Brett; stepson Daniel Benjamin and wife Phyllis and children Shawnda, Joshua, and Jonathan; stepson Frank Benjamin and wife Shannon and son Nicholas; great-grandchildren Payton and Autumn; brother Preston Wagner and wife Cordella; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Southside Baptist Church in San Antonio.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at noon in the church.
Interment will be held at 2 p.m. in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, with a reception to follow in the Fort Sam Houston Golf Club.
Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Harwell Jr., Michael Harwell III, Brett Harwell, Nicholas Benjamin, Joshua Benjamin, and Jonathan Benjamin.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Landon Wagner, Ron Wren, and Rodney Leifeste.
Memorial donations may be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation or to a charity of one’s choice.