Darrell Wagner

Darrell Wagner

BROADLANDS – Darrell Lynn Wagner, 56, of Broadlands, formerly of Thomasboro, passed away on Monday (Sept. 11, 2017) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Darrell was born Nov. 18, 1960, in Yellville, Ark., the son of Billy and Phyllis McGuire Wagner. He married Barbara Manning on July 7, 1979, at First Methodist Church in Rantoul. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Michael Wagner of Broadlands and Kristina (Charles Laroe) Wagner of Broadlands; father, Billy Wagner of Pittsfield; grandchildren, Michael Patrick and Rebecca Lynn Wagner; one sister, Karen (John) Hanten; two brothers, Bill (Marsha) Wagner and Del (Vickie) Wagner; father-in-law, Gordon Manning; sister-in-law, Lois (Tino) Manning-Riveron; brother-in-law, John Manning; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother; mother-in-law, Marilyn Hough; and great-nephew, Ian Wagner.

Darrell was an operator and foreman for Urban Sand and Gravel for more than 26 years. He later went on to work for Hall Brothers Racing as a crew member and mechanic. Most recently, he worked at Frasca International as a Fiberglass fabricator.

He was known to many as "DW." He had a great love for Volkswagen Beetles and was a collector of toy beetles: all shapes, sizes and colors. He was also very artistically talented and great at drawing and designing. He loved kids and enjoyed every minute he had with his grandchildren.

Hard-headed, determined and stubborn are just a few words that would describe Darrell. These are the traits that carried him through his almost two-year battle with cancer. He truly "fought the good fight." He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at The Garden Pavilion at Meadowbrook Park, 2808 S. Race St., Urbana. Mittendorf-Calvert Funeral Home, 611 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made in Darrell's honor to Pitbulls and Parolees, or to Swans Special Care of Champaign for art supplies.