Fred's Story

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Fred Don Wagner passed away Jan. 18, at home in Boise, Idaho.
He was born July 11, 1928, in Goshen, Indiana, second of six children to Mary (Miller) Wagner and Carl C. Wagner.
He married Evelyn R. Veatch at her parent's home in Lomita, California, Jan. 10, 1948. They had three children, Frederick Don, Jannette Marie and Raymond Dale.
At 18 years old, his wanderlust prompted him to join the U.S. Navy. During his 28 years of active duty, he served on three submarines, two submarine tenders and two submarine rescue ships.
Fred's few land-based duty stations were primarily education and training. He "pushed boots," training recruits in San Diego during the 1950s. His expertise in celestial navigation, scuba and hard-hat rescue/salvage diving and semaphore were just a few of his many diverse talents. He began his naval career as a swabbie and ended it as commanding officer of a submarine rescue vessel, the U.S.S. Florikan.
Upon retiring, he occupied his time interpreting for the deaf, doing consulting and volunteer work, shooting pool, traveling and wood carving. To satisfy his maritime passion, he would skipper and maintain people's yachts and commercial vessels.
After moving to Idaho, he became involved with the U.S. and international submarine veterans associations, traveling with his wife all over the world to attend numerous submarine conventions.
He was blessed with good health up until the last couple years of his life, accepting his failing body with his usual stoic optimism. In his final years, he traded most of his old interests to enjoy watching his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren mature.
He was preceded in death by his son, Fred; his brother, Bob; and parents, Carl and Mary.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Jannette (husband) Jim Soden; son, Raymond; sisters Betty Geyer, Wooch (Florence) Anders, Mary Utley, Dorothy Stutzman; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
All in all, he had a damn good life. He will be missed by all who knew him!
Come celebrate his wonderful life and bid him farewell on his next great adventure! A gathering of friends and family will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Drive, Garden City, Idaho 83714. Condolences may be made at www.bowmanfuneral.com
Published on January 25, 2018
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