Colonel Theodore Lowell Wagner
October 7, 1930-May 18, 2023
Ted was born in Etna, California and passed peacefully in Phoenix, Arizona. A resident of Surprise for 20+ years, he spent most of his life in Northern California.
was a man of many talents. He supported himself from the age of eight as a ranch hand, school custodian and dairy worker. He enlisted in the United States Army on May 10, 1951, and was soon identified as officer material. During his officer training at Fort Benning, Georgia he met and married the love of his life, Lucy Ann Sibley, in August 1952. After serving in the Korean Conflict, he transitioned to the Army Reserves and settled in Sacramento, California.
attending Sacramento State College where he was a member of their first intercollegiate football team, he owned and operated a service station in the area. Upon graduation he became a middle school teacher and coach. Later, after completing his master’s degree, he became an administrator for the remainder of his career. This was only interrupted in 1962 when he was recalled to active duty in Granite City, Illinois during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
distinguished military career, which included graduation from the Army War College, concluded on July 25, 1982, as the Chief of Staff, Headquarters, 91st Division, Fort Baker, Sausalito, California.
avid golfer, he was a longtime member of Sierra View Country Club in Roseville, California. He enjoyed many athletic pursuits over the years along with bridge and cribbage.
is survived by his wife of over seventy years, his son, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be greatly missed.
memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2023, Camino Del Sol funeral chapel 13738 Camino del Sol, Sun City West, Arizona.
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