Walter Wagner, Ossian, Iowa, December 23, 2017

Walter Edwin Wagner, 63, of Ossian, Iowa died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at his home in Ossian, Iowa. Walter Edwin was born October 28, 1954 to Edwin and Genevieve (Crabtree) Wagner in Decorah, Iowa. He attended and graduated from Decorah Schools. After graduation, Walter joined the police academy.

Walter was united in marriage with Melodie Hall at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, one daughter was born to this union. They divorced in 1989. Walter was united in marriage with Karen Olszewski on October 3, 1993 at the Ossian Community Center. He was a Police Officer in Ossian, Iowa for twenty years, retiring in 2000 due to health issues. Walter was a gun enthusiast and enjoyed target shooting, hiking and exploring the area, reading and was an amazing cook and baker. He was a mentor for many and was firm but always fair. His greatest joy was his grandchildren.

Walter is survived by his wife, Karen of Ossian, Iowa; daughter, Heather (Erik) Bettmeng of West Union, Iowa; two grandchildren, Marcus and Paige Bettmeng; nieces, Jenny and Cindi; two nephews, Jamie and Joe; and his sisters, Fran Anderson and Jeneane Cibula.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Genevieve Wagner; and one brother, Carmen Wagner in 2011.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-4 pm on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Wildwoods Event Center in Ossian, Iowa.

Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.




Grau Funeral Homes has been honored to serve the families and loved ones of these individuals. By presenting this information we hope to assist those close to these families with planning for their service. If you have questions or comments about any of the information found on this page, please let us know by email or telephone.