Ruth E. Wagner, 102, of Fort Dodge passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the Marian Home.
A Celebration of Ruth's life will be held at a later date. Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home is serving the family.
She is survived by her children, Gary (Jeanne) Namisnik of Rancho Cordova, Ca, Kenneth (Melody) Wagner of WA, Craig (Diane) Wagner of Fairfield, IA, Dennis (Nancy) Wagner of New Hampshire, and Rosalee Sue Blanchard of Fort Dodge, IA; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father Henry Dawson, parents George and Mary (Anderson) Larkin, husband Walter Wagner in 1958; and siblings Lois, Fern, Georgia, Clyde, Lyle Dawson, Kenneth Larkin and Jackie Guidarelli.
Ruth Elizabeth Dawson was born August 1, 1918 in Otho. Shortly after turning a year old she moved to Fort Dodge. When she was 12, she moved to Buhl, MN and graduated from Buhl High School in 1937. In 1941, she moved back to Fort Dodge. On April 28, 1944 she was united in marriage to Walter Wagner. She worked at the Warden Coffee Shop for 15 years and then managed the lunchroom at Super Value for 10 years. She retired from cooking for over 14 years at the ICCC Cafeteria in 1983. Ruth enjoyed reading, traveling, watching westerns, and was an avid Cubs fan.
Memorials may be left to family discretion.
Ever since I can remember, when I recall times I spent with of my grandpa, John McCutchen Jr, there was his close friend, Ruth Wagner. At Christmases, Thanksgivings, birthdays, random non-holiday gatherings, whatever the occasion she attended them all! To me she was always another member of our family. After Grandpa passed away I wasn’t sure what had become of her. I was full grown with kids of my own & after years of not hearing anything about Ruth I had assumed that she must’ve passed away by then as well ... I am deeply saddened to learn that we could have kept in contact ss she had remained in FD this whole time! I hope she didn’t think I just turned my back on her or cut her out of my life after Gramps died because that was not the case at all!! I hope she’s up there with him again, telling him to “turn that darn tv down” again & that she knows I always loved her. Thank You Ruth for the years of companionship you gave my dear Grandpa John & for the countless childhood memories you gave me. Deepest condolences to your entire family 🙏
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