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Richard F. Wagner

Richard F. Wagner, 79, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 11 p.m., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

Dick was born March 23, 1941, in Hannibal, Mo., to Russell and Elfa Palmer Wagner. He was married to Joyce Jones on Sept. 7, 1996, at the First Christian Church. She survives.

Richard F. Wagner

Other survivors include his children, Debra (Ernie) Bock, and Richard Wagner Jr.; step-children, Curtis (Lisa) Jones, Jeff (Kim) Jones, Mandy Elliott, Trevor (Danika) Spratt and Trey Tonnies; one brother, Larry (Sue) Wagner; seven, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Darrell Jones, Roger (Lee) Jones, Sharon (Bill) Wommack, Patty (Ernie) Becker, Rick (Pauline) Jones, Carmen (Steve) Pierceall and Greg Jones; grandchildren, Rachael Bock, Laurean Bock, Bridgette Jones, Tyler Jones, Chesney (William) Peuster, Garrett (Erika) Goellner, Brandon (Mary) Jones and Katelynn Jones; great-grandchildren, Isabella and Giselle Webster, Declan Peuster, Austin Watkins, Adyn Nelson, Amelia Jones, Fiona Jones and Kennadi Abbott; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; aunt, Ruby Palmer; niece, Tiffani Crane; and sister-in-law, Amber Jones.

Dick lived and worked on his family farm from the time he was a child. At seven-years-old he drove his first tractor, this moment cultivated his life long love of International Case tractors. 

An honest and generous man, he was compassionate and caring to his animals. His dog “Cadee Joy” was always by his side. Dick loved his life on the farm and was proud to be a farmer.

He enjoyed camping at the Ozarks.

He was the president of the Marion County Rural Fire Department for over 30 years.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. Pastor Mark Carpenter will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

The funeral service will be live-streamed through Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. Follow the link on their Obituary page or go to The live stream will start shortly before the service begins. 

Pallbearers will be Dr. Bill Wommack, Jim Musgrave, Larry O’Brien, Craig Corum, Rick Yeager and Charlie Bross.

Honorary pallbearers will be Trey Tonnies, Curt Jones, Jeff Jones and Ernie Bock.

Friends and family are invited to Dick’s life celebration at a visitation that will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Palmyra Food Pantry or Community Loving Care Hospice.

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