Donald "Don" Frank Wagoner

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  • Name: Donald "Don" Frank Wagoner
  • Location of Birth: Deer River, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: July 26, 1920
  • Date of Death: May 22, 1998 (77 years old)
  • Parents: Howard and Barbara Wagoner
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  • Highest Rank: SGT (Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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    World War II

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    Don grew up and attended schools in Deer River, Minnesota. Following school, he worked in Civilian Conservation Corps Camps.

    Following discharge, Don returned to the Deer River area where he lived the balance of his life except when he worked construction in Alaska and Greenland. He worked as a logger for a time and then purchased Don's Standard Service in Deer River. He then purchased the Amoco Bulk Service in Deer River and drove school bus for Independent School District #317. Don retired from school bus driving in 1986.

    Don was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2720 and American Legion Post 122 of Deer River, the Grand Rapids Moose Club, past president of the Deer River Sportsmen's Club, and past member of Knights of Columbus and the Deer River Lions.

    He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three sons, Donald, Jerry, and Allan; two sisters, Blanche Perrington and Orvetta Maki; a brother, Howard; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, Howard and Barbara; his first wife, Laura; four sisters, Isabelle Lekander, Lavonne Jensen, Dorothy Jerry, Florence Ayotte; and a grandson, David Wagoner.

    Don died at Itasca Medical Center in Grand Rapids and is buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery at Deer River, Minnesota.

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