Earle Bryant "Dick" Wagaman
Earle Bryant “Dick” Wagaman of Grand Junction died Monday, March 3, 2003, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland. He was 90.
He was born Jan. 18, 1913, in Selma, Calif., to Willa Mae Higgins and James Franklin Wagaman. He grew up in Fruita and Mack with six brothers and sisters. He graduated from Fruita Union High School in 1931, winning nine varsity athletic letters. He was elected captain of the football team his senior year.
He married Mildred Irene Hogge of Grand Junction on Jan. 15, 1939.
Mr. Wagaman spent his career in the grocery business and worked for City Market for more than 25 years, serving as a store manager in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction. He retired in 1978.
He was member of the First Congregational Church in Grand Junction, a lifetime member of BPOE No. 575 for 65 years, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Redlands Lions Club. He was honored twice by Fruita Monument High School for his dedication and support of Wildcat football, basketball and baseball for over 50 years.
He enjoyed golf, fishing, gardening and dancing.
The Wagamans moved to Loveland in July, 2002.
Mr. Wagaman was preceded in death by brothers Roy, Paul and Orval Wagaman; and by a sister, Hazel Wagaman Boardman.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Wagaman of Loveland; by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Sandra Wagaman of Charlottesville, Va.; by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bob Cates of Fort Collins; by two granddaughters and two great-granddaughters; by a brother, Ray Wagaman of Boulder; by a sister, Mae Wagaman Uhlemann of Seattle, Wash.; and by many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and services will be held in Grand Junction at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship established at Fruita Monument High School, c/o Fruita Monument High School Athletic Director Mike McDermott, 1102 Wildcat Ave., Fruita, CO 81521.
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