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Terry L. Wagoner, 53, of Athena and formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 23 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in Pendleton with Pastor Mark Mullins officiating. An additional celebration of life will be planned at a later date in La Grande.
Terry was born Oct. 24, 1954, to Paul D. and Barbara L. Newcomb Wagoner in La Grande. He attended area schools and graduated from Imbler High School in 1972. On Aug. 11, 1973, he married Tina Pugh in La Grande. Later that year, he began working for the Union Pacific Railroad. He eventually became a conductor and retired in 2005 due to a disability.
Terry enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing and picking mushrooms in his “secret patch.” Those who knew him say he loved his family, especially his five grandchildren.
Terry is survived by his wife, Tina Wagoner; two daughters, Melissa Wagoner of Stanfield and Kami Combe of Heppner; parents, Paul and Barbara Wagoner of Summerville; grandmother, Essie Wagoner of Summerville; three brothers, Orrin Wagoner of Elgin, Mike Wagoner of Summerville and twin brother, Larry Wagoner of Spokane; sister, Darlene Arritola of La Grande; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to any charity in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater 97862.
La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 1, 2008.
Submitted by Dixie Ricker