Ruben Adam Wagner, age 79, met His Maker on December 3, 2020 at Prairie Senior Cottages in Alexandria, Minnesota after battling diabetes, congestive heart failure, dementia and eventually COVID.
Ruben was born to Martha Walz Wagner and Adam Wagner on January 25, 1941, on his parent’s wedding anniversary.
He played both basketball and football in school. Sports was a love for Ruben. Ruben was educated in Monango, Kulm and Napoleon, North Dakota and welding school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He worked as a welder in his professional years in both the Twin Cities and Hibbing, Minnesota.
Ruben married Sherry Lee, on May 29, 1982. They retired to Breezy Point and enjoyed their friends and neighbors on Ossawinnamakee Lake. Ruben and Sherry Lee loved fishing and spending time with their grandchildren. Ruben especially spent a lot of time with his step-grandson, Konner Sorenson, even taking him to his Wagner reunions in the summers. But his all-time favorite activities were watching TV and napping! He also enjoyed playing cards with friends and family and was a great supporter of both the Vikings and Twins. Ruben was always the life of the party, joking and having a good time. He never missed out on the annual summer family gatherings by the lake.
Ruben lost the love of his life and his reason for living, Sherry Lee, on January 12, 2015. Ruben joins his wife, Sherry Lee; daughter, Kari Ann; stepson, Kenneth Sorenson; sisters: Betty Neigum and Ella Fuchs; brother, Lenhard Wagner; sister-in-law, Jean Becker Wagner; brothers-in-law, Marvin Fuchs and Alan Wittich and nephews: Randy Fuchs and Brad Wagner.
Ruben is survived by his two sons, Jeffrey and Scott Wagner and their mother, Barb Wagner; stepson, Daniel Sorenson, step daughter-in-law, Kerrie Sorenson; and three step-grandchildren, Jayme Lunde, Konner Sorenson, Korryn Sorenson and one great granddaughter, Luella Lunde and great grandson, Luca Lunde; siblings: Herb (Joyce) Wagner (Klamath Falls, OR), Deloris Wittich (Forman, ND), sister-in-law, Louise Wagner (Fargo, ND), Cliff Wagner (Alexandria, MN), brother-in-law, Ben Neigum, Milton (Shirley) Wagner and Ken (Jane) Wagner all from Bismarck, ND and Carol (Doug) Wagner Parrott (Sheridan, WY) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation by the Cremation Society of Minnesota. Due to the pandemic, services are pending.