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Frank T. Wagner

January 30, 1936 ~ July 30, 2022 (age 86)


Frank was blessed with a large and loving family, many located in Lincoln where Frank and Caren planted their roots. He met his loving wife to be, Caren Cecile Carl, at Simpson College in Indianola, IA.  They were engaged and married on August 2, 1959. Their romance endured over 63 years and the loving couple was blessed with three children, nine grandchildren and thirteen and ½ great grandchildren. Frank was always dedicated to his family and spent countless hours attending a multitude of sporting, dancing and singing events for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  They brought him so much joy and happiness and taught many to be onery, just like him!  Frank’s legacy will live long through his blessed family.

A son of Prairie City, IA, Frank was one of the first computer programmers before there were many in the career.  Frank was an avid supporter of The Gideon’s International and a member of First Free Church.  Frank enjoyed playing bridge, cribbage and pitch with his friends and family, winning most of the time.

Frank was preceded in death by his father and mother, Wendell and Helen Wagner, brother Bruce, sister Deanna Jacobs. He is survived by his wife, Caren; his sons Chris (wife Michelle) and Jon (wife Glenda); his daughter Wendi Beck (husband Kurt); his nine grandchildren:  Jared, Jordan, Austen Beck-Bryan, Aaron, Mikayla Pond, Evan, Hanna Hoodjer, Kylie Beck and Mary Murphy; 13 ½ greatgrandchildren and sisters Brenda Harshbarger and Arlys Wagner.

A special thank you to Frank’s caregivers at Country House and HoriSun.

Honorary pallbearers:  Jared, Jordan, Aaron, Evan, Austen Beck-Bryan

An opportunity to visit with Family and Friends will be held on August 2, 2022 from 6-8 p.m., at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, 5200 R Street Lincoln, NE and a Celebration of Life on August 3rd at 10:30 a.m., First Free Church, 3280 S 84 Street, Lincoln, NE.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gideons International and the Alzheimer’s Association.


Gathering of Family and Friends
August 2, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Colonial Chapel Funeral Home
5200 R ST
Lincoln, NE 68504

Celebration of Life
August 3, 2022

10:30 AM
First Free Church
3280 S 84th St
Lincoln, NE 68506

Video is available for this event


Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago IL 60601
Tel: 1-800-272-3900

Gideons International
P.O. Box 97251, Washington DC 20090-7251
Tel: 1-866-382-4253

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