Range Funeral Homes


David Jay Wagner

02/09/1954 - 09/16/2019

David J. Wagner, 65, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 at his residence. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Range Funeral Home at 11:00 am with visitation one-hour prior. Pastor Dan Miller will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

David Jay Wagner was born February 6, 1954 in Minneapolis to David and Helen (Saeger) Wagner. He was a graduate of South High. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1972. David attended Mesabi Community College and Bemidji State University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology and Chemical Dependency. While attending Mesabi Community College, he met the love of his life, Kristine, and they were married on November 3, 1988. He held various counselor positions, including, Hope House, Arrowhead Center, Range Treatment Center, and the Twelfth Step House.

David enjoyed motorcycling, Native American culture, wood working, nature, animals, helping people, and family.

David was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Virginia Elks Lodge.

David was generous. He liked helping people to recovery/sobriety, had a love of nature and loved his family.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kristine of Hibbing; sons, Brooks and Christopher; sister, Beverly (Donald) of Center City; several grandchildren; one great grandchild; several cousins, nieces, and nephews; many adoptive family; and his fur babies, 4 dogs, 4 cats, and 2 horses.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Diane Mathison-Johnson, Kathy Wagner-Iverson, and Pam Wagner; brothers, Jerry Mathison, Monte Mathison and Donald Wagner.

11 thoughts on “David Jay Wagner”

  1. Glenna Gentile says:

    Kris sending you prayers and sincere condolesences.
    Dick and Glenna Gentile

  2. amy clark says:

    I don’t even know how to express the love and appreciation I have for you and all you have done for me. You and Kris supported me and helped me through some hard times and you never gave up on me. I love you and will always remember you

  3. Jennifer Rich says:

    It’s hard to believe that you are gone. Thank you for all you taught me. You were always there to listen and never gave up on anyone. This “Giggles” is grateful for the time I did get to have with you in life. Fly high and know you beyond fulfilled your purpose here. Love you!

  4. Ryan engelstad says:

    Thank you my brother for the unconditional love you showed me throughout the years, my heart is heavy that you had to leave us, at the same time I know you walk with the Lord now and that makes me heart happy to know that you are now watching over us all in heaven just as you watched over us all here on earth.. I will always be grateful and blessed that you were a part of my life brother…rest in peace..

  5. James Florey says:

    I am so sorry to read of Dave’s passing. He was a champion for the recovery community. I had such admiration and respect for him and his commitment to those in need. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family.

  6. Teffeny A Smith says:

    When I heaed about Dave’s passing, my jaw hit the floor!
    When I managed the Holiday by the Twelfth step house, I saw Dave and Kris often. I am so sorry to see such a good man who truly cared about everyone. Kris, please take care!!

  7. Michelle says:

    A giant in many ways, his heart the biggest. We had our differences. But much more in common. Just to be in their presence, one knew they had a profound love. My heart aches for you Kris. May Family, Friends and memories hold you up as you find your way through this.

  8. Jeff Zakula says:

    Fair winds and following seas shipmate…I am saddened to read of your passing..there were many times the wisdom, experience strength and hope you shared saved me from returning to my dark past of addiction and alchoholism..My sincere condolances and sympathy to Daves family

  9. Jeffrey Hill says:

    Dave has a heart of gold. Best Meetings of any Group. I can remember him telling graduation members “just cause your free to go on your own you can always come back here in a time of need for this YOUR HOme, we will find a spot for you and welcome you back. Rest in peace Bro.

  10. Mel says:

    My heart breaks to hear of Dave’s passing. Not only was he a rock in many lives but he was also an inspiration to many of us. Dave had a heart of gold and his passion for helping people came so natural for him. Kris, I truly am sorry for your loss. I know the love you and Dave have will lead you through this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Shawn Lahti says:

    Kris, So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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02/24/2019 at 11:00 am
Range Funeral Homes, 16th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 am