Elmer Wagner

Elmer L. Wagner of Port Washington was called to his heavenly home on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023 at the age of 91.

Elmer was born April 26, 1931 in Chilton and was united in marriage to Mary Lou Drnek in Chilton on Oct. 14, 1961. They were married 61 years and had four children.

Elmer served in the U.S. Army 40th Infantry Division as a sergeant during the Korean War earning the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, two Overseas Service Bars and the United Nations Service Medal.

After returning from Korea, Elmer worked in the insurance industry for many years until health issues forced him into early retirement.

Elmer became a Green Bay Packer season ticket holder when the new City Stadium was opened in 1957 (later renamed Lambeau Field); those season tickets still remain in the family.

In 2014, Elmer enjoyed visiting Washington D.C. as part of the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight program. Elmer took great pride in his home and having everything just so. He also enjoyed traveling the U.S. with his campers and motorhome and dreamed of someday moving to Montana.

Elmer is survived by his brother, Benjamin of Green Bay; children, Mike (Mary) Wagner of Green Bay; Tom (Teri) Wagner of Surprise, Arizona; Rich Wagner of Hudson; and Dave (Dawn) Wagner of Saukville; grandchildren, Emma, Evan, Ezra, Katie, Taylor, Austin, Madeline, Owen, Trent and Madison; and great-grandchildren, Trey and Ellie.

Elmer was preceded in death by his infant sister Christina; his parents, Norbert and Agatha; and his wife, Mary Lou.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Saturday, March 4 at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish (St. Peter of Alcantara site), 1800 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will preside. The family will receive visitors at the church from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Elmer will be laid to rest next to his wife at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Port Washington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association or Wounded Warriors Family Support.

Special thank you to Sandy Berres and other family friends, neighbors, and all the healthcare professionals at Horizon Home Care & Hospice, Kathy Hospice—West Bend, McKinley Place—Cedarburg and Azura Memory Care—Fox Point.

Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is assisting the family with arrangements; online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.

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