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James L. Wagner

February 21, 1950 June 21, 2019
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James L. Wagner, 69, of Waterloo, died Friday, June 21, at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center emergency room of a heart attack.

He was born February 21, 1950 in Waterloo, son of Stanton and Dorothy Buttolph Wagner. He married Helen Hildman on August 21, 1971 in Waterloo.

Jim graduated from Columbus High School and the University of Iowa, receiving his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1974. He practiced law in Waterloo from 1975 until present.

He was active in many civic and fraternal organizations in Waterloo, being Past President of the Sunrise Exchange Club and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include: his wife; a son, Jason (Traci) Wagner of Iowa City, a daughter, Jessica (Nathan) Meyer of North Liberty; four grandchildren, Nicholas and Sydney Wagner and Lucas and Addison Meyer; five brothers, Stan (Mary) Wagner of Englewood, Colorado, David (Madonna) Wagner of Carmel, Indiana, and Craig (Diana), Brian and Bruce Wagner, all of Waterloo; and two sisters, Diane Wagner of Waterloo and Brenda (Mark) Brown of Grundy Center.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway and at the church for an hour before services on Wednesday.

A memorial fund has been established.

Jim’s family was very important to him. He never missed the events of his children or grandchildren. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, reading and was a big Hawkeye fan. An avid cook, Jim loved to entertain family and friends.

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3:00 PM 6/25/2019 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/25/2019 7:00:00 PM
Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - West Ridgeway

300 West Ridgeway Ave.
Waterloo, IA 50701

Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - West Ridgeway
300 West Ridgeway Ave. Waterloo 50701 IA
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




10:30 AM 6/26/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Edward Catholic Church

1423 Kimball Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50701

St. Edward Catholic Church
1423 Kimball Avenue Waterloo 50701 IA
United States

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Mt. Olivet Cemetery Final Resting Place

3912 W. 4th Street
Waterloo, IA 50701

3912 W. 4th Street Waterloo 50701 IA
United States

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