Melvin Leroy Wagner, age 69, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 21, 2015, at the Knoxville Hospital. As Melvin wished, his body has been cremated and graveside memorial services for Melvin were held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at 2 p.m., at Graceland Cemetery of Knoxville with Pastor Doug Bradly officiating. Military honors were provided following graveside services. Melvin was born on Aug. 4, 1946, to Ernest Kermit and Erma (Shore) Wagner, in Iowa City. After school, Melvin worked before serving in the United States Army in 1966. During Melvin’s enlistment with the United States Army, he served in the Vietnam War. He was injured and received the Purple Heart for his service. After his service, Melvin married Thelma Rose Huot, in Greenfield, Iowa. Melvin and Thelma shared over 30 years of marriage and were blessed with a son, Michael Wagner. Melvin lived in Parker, Ariz., for 43 years. He worked as a carpenter, and he trimmed and pruned trees and he also logged. In 2012, Melvin moved back to Iowa but would continue spend the winters in Arizona. Melvin enjoyed the outdoors and trapping. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends. He loved his family and always made special time to help others. Melvin is survived by his son, Michael Wagner of Arizona; two step children, Wade Lawson of Dunlap, Iowa and Sue Higgs of Ankeny; one granddaughter, Candice; five sisters, Ramona Barnard of Knoxville, Ellen Schroeder of Council Bluffs, Marjorie Hester of Knoxville, Anna Simmons of Knoxville, and Esther Clarke of Knoxville; and several other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Erma Wagner; his wife Thelma Wagner; one stepdaughter, Becky Lawson; one sister; and six brothers. A memorial in Melvin’s memory may be given to the family. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com. The Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville is assisting Melvin’s family with services.
Published on  December 3, 2015