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Robert L. "Bob" Wagner


Robert L. "Bob" Wagner, 85, of Williamsburg, passed away Jan. 3, 2018, at Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville. Bob was a longtime resident of Iowa County.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Williamsburg. Burial will be at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Millersburg. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Powell Funeral Home, Williamsburg. Memorial gifts in Bob's name can be made to the Williamsburg Public Library. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.
Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary (O'Meara); seven daughters, Diane (Brent) Northway, Bobbi (Steve) O'Riordan, Becky (Dan) Wagner, Jacki Wagner, Amy Lawler, Joni Ogdahl and Virginia (Greg) Wagner; grandchildren, Katie (Brad) Potts, Jimmy O'Riordan, Helen Forsythe, Joseph Weirather, John Weirather, Patrick Lawler, Hayden Lawler, Bill Ogdahl, Mary Ogdahl, Aaron Ogdahl, Evelyn Vara and Vince Vara; sisters, Marlene Meade, Joan (Jack) Kahler and Kathy Bender; brothers, Gordon (Leola), Jim (Judy) and Daryl; a sister-in-law, Thelma Kolar; a brother-in-law, Loren Meade; two aunts, Vivian Mann and Eunice O'Neil; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Grayce (Gorvin) Wagner; a brother, Dick Wagner; a sister, Elaine Meade; brothers-in-law, Vernon Meade and Deon Bender; sister-in-law, Donna Wagner; and his granddaughter, Grayce Forsythe.
Bob found pleasure in everyday family activities, always enthusiastic for a road trip to attend a kid's sporting event or a family party, and he established many long-lived friendships with extended "family" through his interest and generosity related to genealogy research. One of Bob's early jobs was as a photographer, studying and working with Fred W. Kent at the University of Iowa, and his collection of photographs and slides has provided many with source material and special entertainment. He and Mary were active volunteers for many years at the Iowa County Historical Society. Bob served as treasurer of the historical society for 12 years and especially enjoyed his work restoring the log cabin and the Gritter Creek School building.