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Dr. Richard G. Wagner

November 26, 1926 — August 30, 2022

Dr. Richard G. Wagner, 95 of Sioux City, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Sioux City. The service will be live streamed at the following link: Rev. Mark Bedford will officiate. Burial will be in Logan Park Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to

Richard was born November 26, 1926 in Primghar, IA; he was the son of Dr. James A and Iva (O’Donnell) Wagner. Richard grew up in Primghar and graduated from Primghar High School in 1944, After high school, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during WW II. He graduated from the University of Iowa and received his Doctor of Dental Science Degree in 1951 and Master of Science Degree in 1952, also from the University of Iowa.

On September 16, 1949, Richard married Dorothy Y. VanDyke in Sutherland, IA; she passed away on May 28, 2017 in Sioux City.

Dr. Wagner began his Orthodontics practice in Sioux City in 1952 and practiced for over 40 years, retiring in 1996.  He served in every office of the Sioux City Dental Society and the Northwest District of the Iowa Dental Society. Dr. Wagner was president of the Iowa Orthodontic Society and was elected as the first trustee when it reorganized to become affiliated with the American Association of Orthodontists.

Dr. Wagner’s community activities included the Waitt Family Foundation Selection Committee which awards scholarships to qualified Siouxland area students; the Sioux City School Foundation; he served on the Sioux City Community School Board and was president for 6 of his nine years. He received awards from several organizations including the Sertoma Club, the Junior chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club. His proudest moment occurred in 1992 when he received the UI Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Service award, the highest service honor for a UI alumnus. He is co-founder of the Siouxland I-Club and served as co-chairman of the very successful I-Club banquet for over 35 years.

Dr. Wagner was a member of the First presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his sons: Dr. Richard W. Wagner of Dakota Dunes, SD and his daughter Elizabeth Ann Wagner of Denver, Co; Dr. David V. Wagner (Ashley) of Dakota Dunes, SD and his sons Richard Bradley Wagner of Lexington, VA and David Brandon Wagner of Iowa City, IA; his brother Bill Wagner of Primghar, IA and many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Wagner was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy; 2 brothers James Wagner and Dr. Daniel Wagner; his sister Pat Gasner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Waitt Family Foundation.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, September 1, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel

3220 Stone Park Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51104

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Funeral Service

Friday, September 2, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church

608 Nebraska St, Sioux City, IA 51101

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