Victor Eugene Wager, Jr., the son of Victor Eugene Wager, Sr. and Hilda Johanna (Pedersen) Wager, was born on July 7, 1930 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Victor entered into eternal rest on February 19, 2016, at his home in Creston, Iowa, at the age of eighty-five years, seven months and twelve days.
Victor graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He served in the United States Army from January 26, 1951 until January 24, 1953 during the Korean Conflict. Victor served in the Army Infantry and received a Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Japan), and a Korean Service Medal with Two Bronze Service Stars. After his discharge, he returned to Council Bluffs and attended Omaha University for two years.
While living in Council Bluffs, Victor met Betty Farthing and the couple was married on June 4, 1955. The couple moved to San Jose, California where they lived for several years. In 1973, Victor relocated his family to Creston, Iowa. He purchased the Phillips Oil Jobbership in Creston where he owned two service stations for a few years. In 1978 his ill health forced him into disability and he was never able to work again. Victor was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Creston.
Left to cherish Victor’s memory is his wife, Betty Wager, Creston; his children: Cynthia Alice Kelley and her husband Shaun Kelley, Afton, IA; Melinda Sue Tysdal and her husband Treigh Tysdal, Liberty, MO; Victor Eugene Wager, III and his wife Julianne (Schechinger) Wager, Holden, MO: Lorraine Blobaum, Creston; and Andrew Marshall Wager and his wife Jacqlyn (Hulett) Wager, St. Charles, MO; Fifteen Grandchildren; Twenty-five Great-Grandchildren; his sister, Shirley Sill, Fremont, CA; and Two Nephews.
Preceding Victor in death were his parents; his brother-in-law; his infant grandson, Kaedon Tysdal; and his grandson-in-law, Steve Pettit.