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Saturday, October 11, 2014

NC/RC (NWA) Capt. Richard Henry Wagner

Belated notification....this is an ALPA reported death that we had not previously been made aware of.  The ALPA issue month shows when the death was reported. 
Below is what information I could find for (NWA)  Capt. Richard Henry Wagner.  Captain Wagner’s obituary notes that he flew for Frontier, North Central, Republic and Northwest Airlines. He took an early retirement in 1983 which means he would have retired prior to mergers with Northwest.  
Captain Wagner is survived by his wife Roberta ‘Bobbie’.  Their residence address is listed as  
P.O. Box 307 , Lyons  WI 53148-0307  ...  (262) 763-2017 
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~ Carol for the PCN
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  NAME                                          STATUS             DIED                            ALPA issue
Wagner, Richard H.   Captain     in Jan 2012     May-14 NW
NWA Capt. Richard Henry Wagner
August 20, 1937 - January 1, 2012
Captain Wagner’s obituary may still be viewed online at http://myracinecounty.com/?p=1786 
Posted by Roxanne Maas    / In Obituaries    / January 3, 2012   
Richard H. Wagner, 74, of Lyons, died Jan. 1, 2012, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 20, 1937, in Burlington, to the late Robert and Elizabeth (Heintskill) Wagner.
He spent his early life in Burlington and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School. Dick proudly served in the National Guard.
On April 9, 1958, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lyons, he married Roberta “Bobbie” Ruedebusch. Together they have made their home in Lyons since 1960.  Dick was an airline pilot for 27 years. He and his wife founded and owned Wag-Aero in Lyons. In 1978 they established a non-profit foundation with the purpose of promoting aviation, supporting humanitarian programs throughout the world, and preserving historical buildings and artifacts.
Survivors include his loving wife; daughters, Marcy (Ken) Essman, Julie (Bob) O’Neill; grandchildren, Adam (Claire) Essman, Emily (Adam) LaBadie, Abbey (Connor McKay) Essman, Meghan (Jason Leden) O’Neill, Melissa (Bryn) Doyle, Marci (Jeff) Rueter and Molly (Dustin Elsbury) O’Neill; great-grandchildren, Keira Doyle and Eli Richard LaBadie; siblings, Bob Jr. (Elaine) Wagner, Jim Wagner, John Wagner, Joel Wagner, Margie (Mark) Johnston, Bill (Jean) Wagner; in-laws, Ruth (Lon) Behrens, Rita (Mike) Pechacek, Pat Ruedebusch, Rollie (Anne) Ruedebusch, Becky (David) Uhen, Mary (Jeff) Peterson; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was further preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Marcella Ruedebusch and by brother-in-law and fellow pilot, Dick Ruedebusch.
There will be a Memorial Mass on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m., at St. Charles Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Amann officiating. Honoring Dick’s request, there will be no wake prior to the Mass, nor a reception following the Mass. The family thanks you for understanding and will welcome written condolences. Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory, Burlington, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wagner Foundation to continue the many programs which he and Bobbie initiated, and have been so passionate about.
He Flew Through Life.....
Dick and Bobbie Wagner in a recent family photo. Dick Wagner died Sunday at his home in Lyons following a heart attack.

This Waco UPF-7 bi-plane was a favorite of Dick Wagner’s.
Wagner leaves long legacy in aviation, philanthropy
................By Ed Nadolski  ,  Editor in Chief
If there was one thing Dick Wagner didn’t want, it was for people to make a fuss over him.
To orphans in the Philippines, lepers in Bolivia and prisoners in Belize he was an angel and a hero.
But no matter how they tried to thank him – whether it was with a formal ceremony or a plaque on the wall – he’d tell them to keep their money and spend it on something useful.
Somewhere in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, there is a boy – the son of a woman touched by Wagner’s philanthropic works – named Ricardo in honor of the quiet, affable man who would rather spend his money on someone facing adversity half a world away than on a new pair of jeans for himself.
That kind of tribute, according to Bobbie Wagner, Dick’s wife of 53 years, carried profound meaning for her husband, who had a special place in his heart for children and the oppressed.
That heart – the impossibly large and tireless muscle that cheerfully bore the burden of causes stretching from his hometown of Burlington to remote corners of the globe – succumbed on Sunday.
Richard H. Wagner died of a heart attack Jan. 1 at his home in Lyons. He was 74.
Wagner, who had quadruple coronary bypass surgery at the age of 56, remained trim and fit over the past 18 years, according to Bobbie, whose nickname has all but replaced her formal name of Roberta.
“He was still sawing wood and recently went climbing the hills around Reedsburg,” she said, noting that Dick’s younger brother had trouble keeping up with him.
For a man who took pride in saying he never worked a day in his life – he loved what he did, so he didn’t consider it work – there was no slowing down.
That was the impression Bobbie got in the early stages of their 60-year love story....................................................
A humble servant..............................For those who knew him, he was a pioneering pilot, enterprising businessman and unassuming philanthropist.
For his family, he was a loving husband and father whose personal frugality betrayed the generosity he showered on others.
And for his hometown he was largely anonymous by choice, but nonetheless a powerful force for good.........................................
A pilot at heart..........................
According to his wife and daughters, other than his love of family, Wagner’s greatest passion was aviation.
He obtained his pilot’s license as soon as he turned 16, even before he was licensed to drive a car. At 18 he became the youngest commercial pilot in the state.
He went on to have a distinguished 27-year career as a commercial airline pilot for Frontier, North Central, Republic and Northwest Airlines. He took early retirement in 1983 to focus his efforts full-time on Wag-Aero, the business he and Bobbie founded 20 years earlier....................................
Although he retired as a commercial pilot of DC-9 Super 50s, Wagner still preferred the open-cockpit, seat-of-your-pants flying of vintage planes. His personal favorite was a 1939 Piper Cub, according to son-in-law Ken Essman, who is also a pilot................................


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