It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Robert Ellis "Bob" Wagner who slipped peacefully from this life on June 25th at his home in Mantua. Bob was the beloved husband to Shirley Jean (Wilcox), father to Paul, Craig, Rod and Melanie, and friend to all who knew him. His family was always a source of great pride and now includes 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, with another on the way.
Bob was born to Floyd Raymond Wagner and Flossie Belle (Ellis) Wagner on June 3, 1929, in Moreland, Idaho. The youngest of five children, he is survived now by his sister Verna Mae Morgan. Bob was a veteran of the US Army, 1st Cavalry Division, having served in Japan at the close of WW II. Bob and Shirley met shortly after his return from Japan and were married on Sept. 10, 1949, in Ogden, Utah. They were later sealed in the Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Bob spent most of his life as an aircraft engineer, primarily supporting flight operations on new or experimental aircraft, a job he enjoyed greatly. His real loves though, were his wife, his family, fishing, and baseball. Family vacations usually centered around some obscure trout stream or small lake high in the Sierra Nevada, which very few others had the persistence to find or the patience to reach.
After Bob's retirement, Bob and Shirley spent many years traveling across the country in their RV until settling in Mantua, Utah, and building their own home.
While our hearts are saddened at our loss, we are at the same time comforted that Bob is once again with Paul, the son he has loved and missed for more than 6 decades. What a happy reunion they must be enjoying.
Bob's life will be celebrated in a virtual funeral service, hosted by Gillies Funeral Chapel. Join us on line on Wednesday, July 1st at 11:00 am. He will be interred later that day alongside his son Paul in the Hooper City, Utah Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Bonnie and Cameron with Intermountain Homecare and Hospice for their loving care of our family
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We want to send our condolences for Bobs passing. Have many fond memories of meals, & neighborhood parties we shared with Bob & Shirley. May all the wonderful memories you have of Bob help bring you peace, comfort. Sincerely, Brent, Mary, & Tagg Workman
Bob and Shirley were amazing second parents to me. We spent many wonderful times together, sharing birthday parties and just being together. Our children grew up with them being another set of grandparents. We loved every minute! Bob is as genuine and kind as you can get. He is so knowledgeable about so many things and we enjoyed his wonderful stories and experiences. We laughed A LOT!!! I love you so much Bob. Thank you for being a Father figure to me personally. I'll never forget your kindness to me no matter the circumstance. xoxo Suzette Larson
I remember Aunt Shirley and Uncle Bob visiting us when we lived in Idaho. It was always fun. He was always so kind. He will be missed.
Craig and I enjoyed our visits with Uncle Bob and Aunt Shirley. Uncle Bob was always very kind and loving. We will miss him. Becky Ecton
Uncle Bob was one of the best story tellers I knew. He was always ready with an adventure he had been on. I remember laughing hard enough to be out of breath. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Debbie
Bob could always figure out how to do things, and do them better. He had an amazing mind, and he was a loyal friend. Bob and Shirley are always the same-kind, loving, and helpful! Frank and Betty Pace
I was saddened to hear of Bobs passing. I remember when you built your home and moved into Mantua, you two just blended right in and always made everyone feel welcome in your home. He will be always remembered as a friend to all. Love you Shirley and may you feel God's comfort and love.
As a little kid I loved going to Uncle Bob and Aunt Shirley's house to play with my cousins Craig, Rod and Melanie (okay, well, sometimes it was Craig, Rod and I tormenting Melanie!) We also loved going out in the desert to catch lizards and snakes. Sometimes Uncle Bob would supervise our BB gun expeditions.
Decades later Uncle Bob and I both worked for Rockwell. He had great memories about the X-15 and other aircraft. You could tell the stories were really getting good when his eyes would twinkle and the ends of his mustache would start going up to form a big grin.
Last year I got to visit with Uncle Bob and Aunt Shirley in Utah. Although the years were showing, his warm jovial nature was not diminished one degree.
Bob and Shirley are the best neighbors. They are wonderful examples of keeping at the forefront what is truly important in life.
One of the “great ones” has left our presence, but not our hearts. We love you Shirley.
John and Ramona Watson
In the 50s and 60s, The Wagner's house was my 2nd home. I love Aunt Shirley and Uncle Bob and their family with all my heart. May the Lord be a comfort to you at this time.
Children of Lloyd & Flossie Wagner - Robert, Verna Morgan, Wesley, Ida Krusell & Francis Richards, 1998
Children of Lloyd & Flossie Wagner: Robert, Verna Morgan, Wesley, Ida Krusell & Francis Richards, 1998
Shirley, Craig, Rod and Melanie and families. I was saddened to hear of Bob passing. He was a wonderful man. Hugs and prayers to all. Patti Nygaard
We love you uncle Bob. All the best to Aunt Shirley and the whole Wagner family.
Saudi and I will always be grateful to Uncle Bob and Aunt Shirley. Our married life began in their home in Quartz Hill. They were very kind, gracious and generous in lending their home for our wedding reception. Uncle Bob, you will be sorely missed. We look forward to seeing you again in Paradise.
Thank bob and Shirley for everything ! Your daughter melanie was and still a good friend we had a good time growing up in Quartz hill ! Riding horses staying in your camper why your house was getting built. So many memories! I can’t tell all but I know bob was someone I can go to. Living nexts door. I love him like he was my dad. Thank you
Out of all the Great Uncles, I remember Bob the most. My Husband loves hearing war stories. I'm sure Grandpa Wayne and Grandma Velma are having a GREAT reunion.
Bert, Katie, Jessica, & Sydney Halladay