Leo Michael “Mike” Wagner, 87, of Belle Plaine passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3 at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be in the East Union Lutheran Cemetery in Carver.
Leo was born on April 12, 1929 in Belle Plaine to Anton and Anna (Commerford) Wagner. Leo served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean Era.
On June 11, 1955 he married Betty Lou Johnson in Belle Plaine.
He worked in maintenance for the Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern (MNS) Railroad for 40-plus years and also faithfully helped his father-in-law on the farm.
Leo loved gardening, playing cards, assembling puzzles and playing games with the grandchildren. He was a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He loved traveling and just going for rides around the countryside.
Leo is survived by his children, Nancy (Bruce) Ochs of Glencoe, Cheryl Christopherson of Rochester, Robert (Jenny) Wagner of Henderson and Lori Christophersen of Dundas; 10 grandchildren, Melissa (Tom) Podratz, Ryan Ochs and his fiancé Lori, Christina Ochs, Becky (Joe) Poehls, Cassie Christopherson, Jenna Christopherson, Tessa Christopherson, Jessica Wagner, Joshua Christophersen and his fiancé Hannah and Megan Christophersen; six great-grandchildren, Brock Podratz, Noah Ochs, Carter Podratz, Addison Podratz, Braden Poehls and Bryce Poehls; sister, Anne Herrmann of Belle Plaine; and sister-in-law, Stella Steen of Belle Plaine.
Leo is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Lou; and siblings; Fran, Margaret, Germain, Jerry, Tom and Joe.