Roland Richard "Dick" Wagner

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MADISON–Roland Richard "Dick" Wagner, 78, passed away of a heart attack at his favorite eastside Madison park during a walk on Dec. 13, 2021.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1943 to Roland A. Wagner and Katherine (Moorman) Wagner at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, OH. He was a 1965 graduate of the University of Dayton, and later a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. (1967), and Ph.D. (1971) in American history.

While working for the State of Wisconsin in various budget, policy, and management positions for 33 years, Dick was also a member and the chairman of the Madison Landmarks Commission. In the late 1970s, Gov. Martin J. Schreiber appointed him to the Wisconsin Arts Board, where he served as chairperson, and also on the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

From 1980 to 1994, Dick was the elected Dane County board supervisor for District 6, representing the downtown/east-side portion of Madison.

During that time, he was elected and served as chairman of the county board for four years. 

A funeral was scheduled for Dick on Jan. 8, 2022, however, due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, it has now been rescheduled for April 30, 2022. The event will be held at Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Highway M. in Middleton (Township of Westport) at 3 p.m. 

A visitation will precede the service at 2 p.m. and a reception will follow at approximately 4 p.m. The service will be live streamed for those unable to attend. Ryan Funeral Home at 2418 North Sherman Ave. in Madison assisted the family.

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