James Peter Wagner, 73, Black Creek, passed away unexpectedly at Aspirus Wausau Hospital from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Saturday, November 26, 2022. He was born April 12, 1949, to the late Alphonse "Babe" and Marie (Van Harpen) Wagner. On December 28, 1967, he was united in marriage to Margaret "Peggy" Hooyman, and the couple raised three children. Peggy preceded James in death on March 15, 2000.
In 1968 James and Peggy started a small produce business that later grew into Wagner's Market at the intersection of Highways 54 and 47 in Black Creek, at a property which had been in Jim's family for five generations, beginning in 1908. Jim took great pride in farming and running his business. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and taking care of his deer farm. Jim was a collector of too many items to list. He loved his collection of John Deere tractors. Jim found peace while at the cottage in Tomahawk.
Survivors include his son, Chris (Miriam) Wagner, and grandchildren: Wyatt Wagner, Kevin Reyes, Nathan Wagner, James Wagner, and Sashian Wagner; his daughter, Kim (John) Kamp and grandchildren: Gage Kamp (fiancee, Kelsey Madsen) and Jak Kamp; and son, Nicholas (Jessica) Wagner, and grandchildren: Kaiden Wagner and Ella Wagner; his mother-in-law, Mary Lou Hooyman four siblings: Janelle (Bill) Morehead, Richard Wagner, Robert Wagner, and Pat (Mary) Wagner; in-laws: Debbie (Phillip) Klotz, Judy (Pat) Kelly, Lisa (Duane) Bann, Mary Jo (Lance) Volkman, Jim Hooyman, Monica Earl, and Bruce (Patti) Hooyman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife and parents, James was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Alexander "Butch" Hooyman; and two brothers-in-law: Gary Hooyman and Stephen Hooyman.
Visitation will take place at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home on Friday, December 2, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., Pastors Larry Bong and Jose Huerta officiating. Burial will take place at Shiocton-Bovina Cemetery in Shiocton.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family extends a special thanks to the ICU staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for their compassionate care.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.muehlboettcher.com