Richard Edward Wagner | Obituary

Richard Edward Wagner passed away on June 16, 2021 at age 82 in Honolulu, Hawaii from natural causes.

He was born in Okanogan, Washington, on May 19, 1939. He was an athletic youth who was very involved in activities, and a leader in his school and church. He earned a degree in mechanical Engineering from Washington State University, and a master’s degree in Engineering from Santa Clara University. Highly recruited upon graduation, he worked for IBM, Tally, and Weyerhaeuser over the course of his life.

Rich was proud of the home he built in Auburn, Washington, and he supported his community as an Auburn City Councilmember for 27 years, elected 7 times, the longest term of any councilmember in the history of the city. His proudest accomplishment was championing the construction of a community center where the diverse Auburn community could gather and interact.

His hobbies included building things and watching sports. His personal motto was, “Work hard and respect everybody.”

Richard was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Beth, and his son Rand. He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Allerdice, his children, Jill (Colin) Donaldson, Holly (Matt) Bauermeister, and Annie (Bernie) Holliday, four grandchildren, former wife Kay (Crosetto) Wagner, former wife Sharon (Eden) Wagner, and stepson Michael Goodburn.

At this time, no service is scheduled. Richard requested that those who want to honor his memory, please make a donation to the Washington State University Foundation in his honor, to be used for engineering scholarships.