Louis “Louie” Gary Wagoner

If ever a cliché were true, it is here…The man. The myth. The legend. A hero among all. The man with a heart of gold, Louie Wagoner went to be with his Savior on Dec. 1, 2017. Lou. Louie. Louis. Louis Gary. Whatever name we know him by, we all have our favorite story of this dynamic man. And while there are many heartfelt stories to be told, here below is the storyline of Louie’s life…
Louie was born in Wenatchee, Washington to Louis Sr. and Ethel “Babe” (Bersing) Wagoner on Jan. 24, 1941. He went to school in Peshastin, Washington. He was a Peshastin Logger before Peshastin consolidated with Dryden his sophomore year. He graduated as a P-D cougar in 1959. Lou was a part of the first football team that played on the P-D football field. The only lights they had to play under were the lights from the cars that would surround the field. Louie took pride in that field over the years. He helped construct the first cinder track around it in the ‘80s. He would then plow that field every spring for the track runners to practice. There is a memorial to him posted on that field.
After graduating from Wenatchee Valley College, Louie went to The San Francisco School of Mortuary and became a licensed mortician and funeral director. Louie was also an avid skier and became a competition ski jumper as well. He tried out for the Olympic team in 1964. He was among the first ski instructors at Mission Ridge. It was at Stevens Pass that Lou met the love of his life, Judy. The story goes, that Lou saw the cute “city girl” sitting in the lodge eating her breakfast. He walked right up to her and stole a piece of bacon off her plate. They were married March 19, 1966. Lou’s passion for adventure took them to Anchorage, Alaska soon after they were married. Lou worked construction and hunted and trapped whenever he could get away. Three baby blonde girls were born while they lived up in Alaska. Kristen, Kami and Karen were the pride and joy of his life. In 1973, The Wagoner family moved back to Louie’s stomping grounds of Peshastin. Lou bought orchard property and started farming pear trees. He loved living in Peshastin. He took advantage of every opportunity this valley had to offer. He loved being a pear farmer. Lou was one of the first organic pear growers in this valley. He loved to work hard (his pet peeve was seeing someone with “hands in their pockets”) but he loved to play even harder. He loved the outdoors. He was an avid hiker and hunter. He also loved kids. He was a coach to many in track, softball, basketball, skiing, archery, and hunting. He loved to support our schools. He served as a school board member, a coach, and a mentor to many.
In 1990, Lou and Judy built their dream log home in Peshastin. The love and passion Lou had for the outdoors is shown in their home. Many animal mounts and memorabilia of his life are displayed all around the 5,000-sq. foot home. In 1999, Lou planted his first vinifera. By 2002, the log home would be known as Icicle Ridge Winery. Lou was always looking for the next adventure, and he found it in making wine. Alongside his son-in-law, Don Wood, they began the process of becoming a well-known Washington winery.
In 2003, Lou was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. While this disease began to take over his body, it never took over his character. To the very end, he knew how to make people laugh out loud, ponder life and stretch our minds. Lou knew how to unconditionally love everyone around him without judgment and with genuine kindness. Louie taught many of us about what life is really about.
Louie is survived by his wife, Judy of Peshastin, Washington. Don and Kristen Wood and children Nick and Noah of Peshastin, Washington; Kami and Ryan Duncan and children Wes, Teague and Jones of Peshastin, WA; Karen and David Doutrich and children Marissa, Ty Gary and TJ Thompson of Peshastin, Washington. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Winterburn of Peshastin, Washington and nieces Stephanie Bacon of Spokane, Washington and Allison Winterburn of Bellingham, Washington. Louie is also survived by his many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews…he loved them all, past and present.
The family is asking that in lieu of any flowers, that a donation be made to the Cascade Athletic Booster Club.
A Funeral Service of Commemoration to celebrate the life of Louis Gary Wagoner will be held on Wednesday December 13, 2017 at the Leavenworth Festhalle at 3 p.m. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth from 1 to 7 p.m..
Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth is in charge of the arrangements.

 

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