Myron J. Wagner

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Myron J. Wagner, 73, of Brighton, passed away Jan. 3. 

He was born Feb. 11, 1945, in West Union, Minnesota, to Bernard and Viola L. (Guenther) Wagner. Myron graduated from high school in Paynesville, Minnesota, in 1962.

After graduating from high school Myron started his working career with the state of Minnesota highway department.  On Dec. 16, 1965, the U.S. Army drafted him to begin his tour in Vietnam.  Myron’s job was a cannon specialist with the 80th Artillery. Myron was discharged Feb. 8, 1968.  

After Myron was discharged from the U.S. Army in Fort Carson, he decided to make Colorado his home.  

Myron married his wife, Becky, June 5, 1971. He enjoyed traveling by going and visiting his many relatives in Minnesota, traveling with the senior group or camping with family and friends.  

Myron was always on the search for the best deals on cars, whether it be in Auto Trader, on the internet or in the newspaper. Myron loved going to Bandimere to hear and watch the loud/fast cars. 

Myron worked for Samsonite as a supervisor on the loading dock. Myron took a job with IML as a loading dock supervisor and was promoted to in-city truck driver.  He drove for many companies, including Church Hill and Delta-MaClane and retired from Consolidated Freight in 1998. 

After retirement, he drove for Enterprise Rental and Welby Gardens, hauling flowers over the road with his buddies.

Myron enjoyed collecting and refurbishing Mopar cars. Myron was an avid Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings fan and also enjoyed watching the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Nuggets.  He also enjoyed playing cards, dominoes and gambling in Black Hawk. 

The light of his life was his grandchildren and great-grandchild.

In September 2017, he took part in the honor flight to Washington, D.C., and was featured in the Brighton Blade on Veterans Day.  Myron was so honored to take part in and made so many happy memories with his friends and fellow veterans. 

Survivors include his wife; children, Mark Merrele of Minnesota, Bernie (Laura) Moreno, of Aurora, Robin (Chris) Smith, of Thornton, and Myron Wagner Jr., of Commerce City; grandchildren, Zach, Jordin, Bryan, Austin and Breena; great-grandchild, Quinn; seven brothers, Allen, Darrel, Donald, Dean, Dennis, Ronald and James; and eight sisters, Erma, Donna, Joan, Annette, Doris, Barbara, Sharon and Joyce. 

Three brothers, Bernie, Leo and Earle; his parents; and a daughter-in-law, Sue, preceded him in death.

A Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 11385 Grant Drive, Northglenn. Interment will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Fort Logan National Cemetery, staging area B.  Meet at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home, 75 S. 13th Ave., at 11 a.m. for funeral procession to Fort Logan Cemetery. 

Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.