Frankie “Frank” Lee Wagers, 86, of Redfield passed away, peacefully, surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 30, 2023. Visitation will be held from 2-4 P.M. on Sunday, April 2nd at the Johnson Family Funeral Home in Stuart. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, April 3rd at the Johnson Family Funeral Home in Stuart. Funeral services will be live streamed on the Johnson Family Funeral Home Facebook Page (Facebook.com/JohnsonFamilyFH). Burial with military honors will take place at Sunny Hill Cemetery in Adair. A time of fellowship and luncheon will follow at the Redfield Legion Hall. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Frank Wagers Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Frank was born on April 2, 1936 to Howard and Ruth (Ayers) Wagers in Floris, Iowa. He grew up in Floris and attended school at Blakesburg Community Schools and graduated from Blakesburg High School in 1954. He later moved to Redfield in 1955 where he lived the rest of his life. Frank enlisted in the United States Army in September, 1958 where he served honorably until his discharge.
On March 28, 1959 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Smith in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The couple were blessed with two children, Rick and Debbie. Frank worked for his dad driving straight truck where he hauled bricks for the Redfield Brickyard, painstakingly loading bricks by hand. He later worked for the Oscar Meyer hog processing plant in Perry for about 18 years. After the children graduated Frank felt drawn to the open road and became an owner/operator for TMC Trucking where he drove for more than 18 years. He finished off his career as a driving instructor for DMACC. Frank was a long time member of the Redfield American Legion Post #261 and the Redfield Lions Club; where he volunteered countless hours working on community projects.
In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, woodworking, playing cards two mornings a week with friends, reading the Sunday paper, the Antique Trader and the Iowa magazine on the deck, antiquing, and attending auctions in search of carnival glass and Aladdin lamps. He treasured time he was able to spend with his children and grandchildren. Frank attended school and sporting events for his children and grandchildren and continued to attend events at Dexfield/West Central Valley until COVID struck in 2020, and he was especially proud to be a great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ruth Wagers; grandfather, Bert “Gram” Wagers; sister, Joyce Wagers; sister, Nancy Waddell and brother, Roland “Stretch” Wagers.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Marilyn of Redfield; son, Rick (Carol) Wagers of Redfield; daughter, Debbie Wagers of Omaha; grandchildren: Kayla (Logan) Jones of Monroe, Ryan (Hannah) Wagers of West Des Moines, and Dane (McKayla) Didier of Omaha; great-grandson, Jaxon Jones; brother, Donnie (Sandy) Wagers of Osage Beach, MO; and a host of extended family and friends that will miss him dearly.