Samuel E. Wagner

LINGLE – Memorial services for Samuel E. Wagner, 91, will be 10 a. m. Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Lingle Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bruce McBurney officiating. Military honors by the U.S. Navy will follow the service at the church and burial of the ashes will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. 

Sam died Feb. 27, 2020, at Goshen Healthcare Community in Torrington. 

Memorials may be given to the church. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to

Sam was born Sept. 28, 1928, in a farmhouse west of Lingle, the son of William Henry and Mary (Harding) Wagner. He grew up and received his education there, graduating Lingle High School in 1947. 

Sam served in the U.S. Navy for three years before returning to Lingle. He married Marlene Keller in Lingle on June 8, 1952. He worked for Continental Oil Company for 27 years as a dealer. He also drove school bus for the Lingle schools and later for the Goshen County School District from 1959 until 2012.

Sam enjoyed yard work, bowling, playing Bridge and driving school bus. He was a member of the American Legion, the Lions Club and Lingle Community Presbyterian Church.

Sam is survived by his wife Marlene of Torrington; daughter Julene (Jerry) Asmus and son Samuel (Peggy) Wagner, all of Torrington; a brother Billy Lee (Diane) Wagner of Aloha, Ore.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leonard Wagner and Walter Wagner; and three sisters, Elnora Herdt, Alice Bullack and Ethel Smith.


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