Orville T. Wagner, age 85 of Yankton, SD passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Dante, SD with Rev. Jim Friedrich officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery, Dante, SD with Military Graveside Rites by the Wagner Legion and VFW and the SDARNGHG.

Visitations will begin at 6:00 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, SD with a rosary at 6:45 p.m. followed by a Scripture service at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at: www.opsahl-kostelfuneralhome.com.

Serving as pallbearers will be Donald Kotab, Robert Kucera, Clayton Rados, Francis Soukup, Merle Stone, and Jay Youngbluth, all members of the Wagner American Legion.

Orville Wagner was born on May 4th, 1934 to Adolph and Jennie (Nedved) Wagner and died July 5th, 2019 at the age of eighty-five. He attended grade school in Lawrence Township through 1948 and graduated from Wagner High School in 1952. After graduation, he stayed on the parent’s farm until June 1955 at which time he enlisted in the United States Army. During his enlistment, he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Lewis, Washington; and Seoul, South Korea.

Orville was released from Army active duty in April 1957 and returned to farming with his father. He helped maintain the farm until the acreage was sold and then moved to Yankton, South Dakota with the parents to help them in their later years. In his leisure time he loved playing fast-pitch softball and bowling. With bowling he acquired many trophies.

Orville is survived by his brother, Wayne of Yankton, SD, niece, Sandra of Sacramento, CA; niece, Rachelle (Kevin) Mansfield of Broomfield, CO; nephew, Rodger (Stacey) of Lakewood, CO; two great nieces and one great grandniece.

Orville was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald.

Yankton Press & Dakotan

July 9, 2019