Alton "Al" Walter Wagar was born on Jan. 18, 1944, to Jennie (Myers) Wagar and Cecil H. Wagar, in Rugby. He was raised on a farm near Bantry and was the youngest of seven children. He attended a country school near the farm and then attended Towner Public School and graduated in 1962.
He was married to Della Smette on July 15, 1963, in Bloomfeld (now New Hope) Lutheran Church in Upham.
Following their marriage they lived in Rugby, Minot and Sherwood before moving to Fargo where he attended Kundert Aviation Mechanic School. He was employed as an aircraft mechanic in Billings, Mont., Aberdeen, S.D., and Dickinson before moving to Hazen in 1983 where he worked as a custodian at the Hazen Public School until his stroke in 1988. He moved to Jamestown in 2010 to be closer to family.
He had a lifelong love of hunting which he enjoyed with his sons and grandchildren. His hobbies included a love of reading and playing cards.
Al passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014, at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
He is survived by: his wife, Della; four sons, Scott, of Hazen, James (Carrie) and their children, Amanda Marie and Kalyn James, of Casselton, Russ (Sharon) and daughter, Aubrey Nicole, of Fargo and Mark and daughter, Haley Jo, of West Fargo; sisters-in-law, Jean Wagar, of Fridley, Minn., and Edith Wagar, of rural Bantry; brothers-in-law, Bob Ostrom, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and David (Claudette) Smette, of Jamestown; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. His four-legged friend Skipper also survives.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Cecil and Jennie Wagar; sisters, Delrus Herbst and Patricia Ostrom; brothers, Harvey and Bill Wagar; and two infant brothers.
The memorial service will be: Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church in Upham.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Roger Maris Cancer Center, Fargo.
Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown, is handling arrangements.