Richard Arnold Wagner, 69, of Alamogordo, NM, passed away peacefully on December 5th 2018.
Richard was born in Holland, MI to Arnold Wagner and Myrtle Nash. He attended Grand Valley State University for a brief time before enlisting in the United States Navy as a naval hospital corpsman in Vietnam. Afterwards, he transferred to the United States Coast Guard and was stationed in Juneau, Alaska. After his stint in Alaska, Richard transferred to the naval reserve, then joined the Army Reserve, with the promise of going active duty. While in the Army, he trained on anti-tank weaponry. When the promise had fallen through, Richard talked with the local Navy recruiter and went active duty. He was sent to Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois in 1980 and trained as an Aerographer's mate. His duty stations included NAS Cecil Field and NAS Norfolk, where he helped in commissioning the USS Throdore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). While on the CVN-71, Richard was a lead Petty Officer and was deployed to the Mediterranean
and Cuba. Following his last deployment, Richard was assigned to shore duty until his retirement in 1992, as an Aerographer's mate petty officer first class. Shortly after he retired, he moved to Empire Michigan until 2002, where he then moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Richard was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Wagner and mother Myrtle Nash. His surviving family includes his wife, Mary Wagner; his two sisters, Sandra Nasnan, Patricia Bradfield, his brother, Dennis Wagner; his children; Ian Wagner, Bianca Labe, Tammy Haynes, Tommy Fugate, Karene Hensley, Kevin Fugate and Donny Fugate; along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Professional Crematory Services to direct the cremation services.
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