Paul E. Wagner



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Paul

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Date of Birth: June 20, 1932 (June 1, 2017)

Highest Military Grade Held: Lieutenant Colonel

Hometown: Brewster, WA

Biography

Paul E. Wagner, 84, was born in Brewster, WA. In 1940, the family moved to an apple ranch near Twisp, WA in the Methow Valley. After a couple years attending Beaver Creek, a one-room schoolhouse, Paul went to Twisp City Schools, graduating in 1950. He was active in 4-H, high school basketball and Boy Scouts – earning his Eagle Scout rank.

From an early age, Paul loved airplanes and would seek rides whenever he could. His ambition was to fly – especially jets. He attended Earlham College in Richmond, IN for a year, then transferred to Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He majored in Agricultural Engineering and enrolled in ROTC. He received his diploma and commission in 1955. He married his college sweetheart, Virginia Ann Kostenbader (a music major) on April 4, 1954. Paul and Virginia had four sons:  Glen Richard, Gary Lee, Todd Leslie, and Tracy Jon. The family accompanied Paul on all assignments with the exception of Vietnam.

Paul entered the USAF in 1955 and served 27 years, retiring in 1982. After retiring from the Air Force, he earned two masters degrees and worked as a Financial Planner for seven years. He also flew for a small charter company in Sacramento. In 1989, Paul and Virginia moved to Twisp, WA to his family home. In the Methow Valley, Paul became the official volunteer airport manager for the Twisp airport. During his tenure, the dirt runway was paved and received lights. He bought a Cessna 210, which he chartered, and flew (for fun) all around the country He was also very active in the Methow Valley United Methodist Church.

Paul was a loving husband and father; a gentle man. He helped all his boys become Eagle Scouts, took them snow skiing and bought boats for water skiing. They all learned how to fix cars, do home repairs, carpentry, and lawn and garden care. Paul was also interested in music and sang in choirs and choruses, many of them directed by his wife.

He was a member of the Military Officers of America Association and Daedalian, a military pilots association.

In 2005 Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. In 2012, as his health declined, he and Virginia moved to Huntsville, AL to be near family.

Units Assigned

  • 1955 Entered USAF
  • Student Pilot/Instructor, Webb AFB, TX (T-33)
  • Amarillo Tech Training Center; Misawa AFB, Japan/England AFB, LA flying (F-100)
  • 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Woodbridge AB, England (F-100)
  • IP, Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX (T-37)
  • Deputy Director of Operations, Incirlik AB, Turkey
  • Keesler Technical Training, Airborne Command and Control Center, Biloxi, MS
  • 2nd Air Delivery Group, McClellan AFB, CA with the 2nd Air Delivery Group
  • 1982 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Air Medal (with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Air Force Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)

Flight Info

T-33
F-100
T-37

Military Education

Civilian Education

Paul E. Wagner – Headed West, June 1, 2017.

Paul E. Wagner, 84, was born on June 20, 1932 in Brewster, WA. In 1940, the family moved to an apple ranch near Twisp, WA in the Methow Valley. After a couple years at Beaver Creek, a one-room

Paul retired there in July 1982 as a Lieutenant Colonel. His awards included The Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, The Air Medal with Nine Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters. Paul was a member of the Military Officers of America Association and Daedalian, a military pilots association.

Paul and Virginia had four sons. The family accompanied Paul on all assignments with the exception of Vietnam. Paul was a loving husband and father; a gentle man. He helped all his boys become Eagle Scouts, took them snow skiing and bought boats for water skiing. They all learned how to fix cars, do home repairs, carpentry, and lawn and garden care. Paul was also interested in music and sang in choirs and choruses, many of them directed by his wife.

After retiring from the Air Force, he earned two masters degrees and worked as a Financial Planner for seven years. He also flew for a small charter company in Sacramento. In 1989, Paul and Virginia moved to Twisp, WA to his family home. In the Methow Valley, Paul became the official volunteer airport manager for the Twisp airport. During his tenure, the dirt runway was paved and received lights. He bought a Cessna 210, which he chartered, and flew with the Forest Service.

 

Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2005 and had to stop flying in 2006, as the Parkinson’s progressed. In 2012, he and Gini moved to Huntsville AL, to be near family.

Paul is survived by his wife, Gini; his 4 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was buried in Beaver Creek Cemetery near Twisp, WA.

 

 

Biography

Biography

Paul E. Wagner, 84, was born in Brewster, WA. In 1940, the family moved to an apple ranch near Twisp, WA in the Methow Valley. After a couple years attending Beaver Creek, a one-room schoolhouse, Paul went to Twisp City Schools, graduating in 1950. He was active in 4-H, high school basketball and Boy Scouts – earning his Eagle Scout rank.

From an early age, Paul loved airplanes and would seek rides whenever he could. His ambition was to fly – especially jets. He attended Earlham College in Richmond, IN for a year, then transferred to Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He majored in Agricultural Engineering and enrolled in ROTC. He received his diploma and commission in 1955. He married his college sweetheart, Virginia Ann Kostenbader (a music major) on April 4, 1954. Paul and Virginia had four sons:  Glen Richard, Gary Lee, Todd Leslie, and Tracy Jon. The family accompanied Paul on all assignments with the exception of Vietnam.

Paul entered the USAF in 1955 and served 27 years, retiring in 1982. After retiring from the Air Force, he earned two masters degrees and worked as a Financial Planner for seven years. He also flew for a small charter company in Sacramento. In 1989, Paul and Virginia moved to Twisp, WA to his family home. In the Methow Valley, Paul became the official volunteer airport manager for the Twisp airport. During his tenure, the dirt runway was paved and received lights. He bought a Cessna 210, which he chartered, and flew (for fun) all around the country He was also very active in the Methow Valley United Methodist Church.

Paul was a loving husband and father; a gentle man. He helped all his boys become Eagle Scouts, took them snow skiing and bought boats for water skiing. They all learned how to fix cars, do home repairs, carpentry, and lawn and garden care. Paul was also interested in music and sang in choirs and choruses, many of them directed by his wife.

He was a member of the Military Officers of America Association and Daedalian, a military pilots association.

In 2005 Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. In 2012, as his health declined, he and Virginia moved to Huntsville, AL to be near family.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1955 Entered USAF
  • Student Pilot/Instructor, Webb AFB, TX (T-33)
  • Amarillo Tech Training Center; Misawa AFB, Japan/England AFB, LA flying (F-100)
  • 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Woodbridge AB, England (F-100)
  • IP, Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX (T-37)
  • Deputy Director of Operations, Incirlik AB, Turkey
  • Keesler Technical Training, Airborne Command and Control Center, Biloxi, MS
  • 2nd Air Delivery Group, McClellan AFB, CA with the 2nd Air Delivery Group
  • 1982 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Air Medal (with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Air Force Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)

Flight Info

T-33
F-100
T-37

Military Education

Civilian Education

Photos
Headed West

Paul E. Wagner – Headed West, June 1, 2017.

Paul E. Wagner, 84, was born on June 20, 1932 in Brewster, WA. In 1940, the family moved to an apple ranch near Twisp, WA in the Methow Valley. After a couple years at Beaver Creek, a one-room

Paul retired there in July 1982 as a Lieutenant Colonel. His awards included The Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, The Air Medal with Nine Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters. Paul was a member of the Military Officers of America Association and Daedalian, a military pilots association.

Paul and Virginia had four sons. The family accompanied Paul on all assignments with the exception of Vietnam. Paul was a loving husband and father; a gentle man. He helped all his boys become Eagle Scouts, took them snow skiing and bought boats for water skiing. They all learned how to fix cars, do home repairs, carpentry, and lawn and garden care. Paul was also interested in music and sang in choirs and choruses, many of them directed by his wife.

After retiring from the Air Force, he earned two masters degrees and worked as a Financial Planner for seven years. He also flew for a small charter company in Sacramento. In 1989, Paul and Virginia moved to Twisp, WA to his family home. In the Methow Valley, Paul became the official volunteer airport manager for the Twisp airport. During his tenure, the dirt runway was paved and received lights. He bought a Cessna 210, which he chartered, and flew with the Forest Service.

 

Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2005 and had to stop flying in 2006, as the Parkinson’s progressed. In 2012, he and Gini moved to Huntsville AL, to be near family.

Paul is survived by his wife, Gini; his 4 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was buried in Beaver Creek Cemetery near Twisp, WA.