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Edward F. 'Ed' Wagner -- Wabasha

WABASHA -- A memorial service for Edward F. "Ed" Wagner will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha, with the Rev. Milo Ernster officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Wabasha.

Mr. Wagner, 71, of Wabasha, was found dead of natural causes at his home Wednesday (July 19, 2006).

He was born Sept. 23, 1934, in Wabasha. He worked as a yard man for the Kellogg Lumber Co., and later the Siewek Lumber and Salvage Co., both of Kellogg. He was also a former employee of Wabasha Transfer. In his earlier years, he was the movie projectionist for the Pem Theater in Wabasha. He retired in the late 1970s because of a back injury. He enjoyed fishing and, in his younger years, canoeing the Chippewa and Zumbro Rivers; and playing the slot machines at Treasure Island Casino. For years, he provided children with sleds so they could sled down Wagner's Hill.

Survivors include two sisters, Muriel (Duane) Demko of Maplewood, Minn., and Claranette Atkinson of Wabasha; and a brother, Louie of Milwaukee. Five brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

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