Robert Wayne (Bob) Wagaman was born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 8, 1947 to David Wayne Wagaman and Laurel Mae (Yowell) Wagaman. He lived his entire life in Prairie City, Iowa where he was raised enjoying many activities that small towns provided. Some of his fondest memories were vacations and large get-togethers with his own family and long-time family and friends, Luther and Mary Schekel and Wayne and Caroline Faidley. Bob attended the Prairie City School system where he earned many sports letters in basketball, track and football and graduated in 1966.
In 1967 Bob was drafted into the US Army. In 1968 he was sent to the VietNam conflict to serve with Company C, 1st Battalion (Airmobile), 8th Cavalry. While serving in Viet Nam, Bob earned many medals, two of which were the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with a "V". In 1969 he returned from VietNam and ended his two years of military service. After returning from the Army, Bob began working at the Wagaman family owned business, The Prairie City Feed Mill and later worked at Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella, Iowa until his retirement in 2010.
In 1970 Bob married his high school sweetheart Sandra (Sandy) Van Zee. To this union two children were born, Bradley Wayne and Sheree Anne. Bob had many interests in life. Some of these included, hunting, fishing, riding his Harley. But one of his greatest joys was participating in rides for the Patriot Guard. He was a member of various organizations, including the Odd Fellows, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. But, as Bob would say, the most joy he received in life was being with his large family, and especially his children and grandchildren. Bob was diagnosed with COPD and Alzheimers while in his 60's and passed away on March 24, 2021 at the Comfort House in Pella, Iowa
Those surviving Bob are his wife Sandy; their children Brad and Stacie Wagaman and their children Celeste and Chase; Sheree and Kris Van Der Kamp and their children Alyssa, Lauren, Maggie, Sydnee and Kate. Bob is also survived by his siblings; Lee and Larry Borchardt; Max and Peggy Wagaman; Jerry and Velvet Wagaman; and sister-in-law Ginger Wagaman. Also surviving are his, Father and Mother-in-Law Herman and Kathryn Van Zee, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws; Kent and Diane Van Zee, Joel and Sarah Van Zee and Alan Van Zee. Also surviving are special cousins Don and Vicki Brashear and Cheryl Brashear, along with many nieces and nephews. Preceding Bob in death were his parents, his brother Donald (Jim) Wagaman and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Terry and Lois Van Zee.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Coburn Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021, at 10:00 am at the Prairie CIty Christian Church. Burial will follow at Waveland Cemetery. The family asks that any memorials be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project organization or the Comfort House in Pella, Iowa. Condolences may be left at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
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"His smile. He always greeted you with his smile and a positive comment while calling you by name. I would see Bob several times a month at the feed store or when he delivered feed to our farm. I hope his smile is always remembered and cherished by his friends and family. "
"Dear Sandy and family, my heart is so sad hearing of Bob's passing. What a personality, he will never be forgotten! I'm sure all in our class of '66 would agree he's a part of every good memory. God bless you."
"To Wagamans family sorry for your lost. Bob was a blast to talk too. He left me several memories to enjoy. RIP Bob and prayers too all."
"Sorry for the loss of your husband Sandy. Remember the good times and hold them in your heart forever. Day at a time."
"Our deepest sympathies to the Wagaman family enjoy the time we spent at the Wagaman house while we were growing up we always felt at home there and enjoyed the time we spent with each and every family member I know this is a difficult time in the loss of Bob please except ours deepest sympathies and God bless all of you Steve Carol Umble"
"I?m sorry about your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. "
"Sandy and family:
I know that when the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories. Hold on to those memories and let them guide you during this time of sadness. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord give you peace and take comfort in the love of family and friends.
"I'm so sorry to hear about Bob. My prayers and sympathy to your family"
"Our sympathies go out to the Wagaman and Van Zee families.
I know it's difficult to watch your loved ones go through the hell of Alzheimer's!
Take some time for yourselves and share the good memories with each other.