After a long, courageous battle with cancer, James H. Wagner, beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.
Jim was born Aug. 13, 1933, son of Harry and Martha (Seder) Wagner in Scottsbluff, Neb. They moved to Wisconsin for a time and then to Sheridan and Clearmont, Wyo., where he attended school. While in school, he participated in football, basketball and track. In 1950, they moved to Hardin, where he finished school, continuing to play football, which he loved. Jim graduate in 1952 from Hardin High School.
In May of that year, he joined the United States Air Force and received basic training at Oakland Air Base.
He was then stationed at Lubbock Air Base in Texas as a flight engineer. On Jan. 1, 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, Delores M. Seader, daughter of Dave and Edna Seader. She joined him in Texas and then they moved to Spokane, Wash. After his honorable discharge, they made their home in Hardin, where they raised their four children.
Jim worked for John Deere for several years, servicing farm equipment, and then worked for Gerald Fish Construction. He built duplexes and homes on his own for several years. In 1972, he purchased the Conoco Travel Shoppe, which they owned and operated for 30 years. They sold their business and home in Hardin and moved to Billings in September 2004.
Jim was an active member of Christ Evangelical and Reformed Church for 50 years. During that time, he supervised and helped build an addition on the church, including Sunday school rooms and a fellowship hall with a kitchen.
Later, an entryway was added onto the front of the church. He was recognized by the church congregation for his part in the building project in August 2010. He was a member of Fort Custer golf course; he enjoyed golfing, racket ball, fishing and hunting.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Harry, in 1973; and his mother, Martha, in 2007. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Delores; four children, Larry (Kathy) Wagner and children, Drew and Tyler; Diane (Duane) Schreiner and children, Matthew, Andrew and Tucker; Sandy (Mark) Johnson and children Chelsey (Josiah) Rodda, Chance and Jared; Julie (Reg) Gibbs and children, Jordan, Hunter and Mallory.
Funeral services for Jim will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Christ Evangelical and Reformed Church in Hardin, with interment in Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings. Memorials may be made to Christ E & R Church, 703 N. Terry Ave., Hardin, MT 59034; or Big Horn County Historical Society, RR 1 Box 1206A, Hardin, MT 59034.