Timothy James Wagner
Tim died on the morning of February 20, 2022 at his home with his son by his side. He was born on June 30, 1958 in Portland, Oregon and was raised on a farm in rural Oregon City by his parents Edmund and Mary (Fisher) Wagner. He enjoyed his time on the family farm and had great memories of cousins and friends and many animal antics (there was never a dull moment).
Tim attended Canby schools and graduated from Canby Union High School in 1976. He then joined the US Air Force from 1977 â€“ 1980. He was stationed at Neah Bay, Washington on the Makaw Indian Reservation and worked as a Radio Repairman. After leaving the Air Force, he returned to the Portland area and started working as a radio tech first at a local radio station then at Quality Communications. While in Neah Bay, he created a radio show to play nascent Christian Rock and continued that in Portland. This later evolved into a series of shows called "Radio Nobody" that began on CDs and were most recently streamed over the web.
In the mid-1980s, he met Helen Woo and they were married on September 10, 1988. They had a son, Andrew in 1991. They eventually divorced but remained very close and always took care of each other.
Tim began his career at Union Pacific Railroad in 1990. He was an Electronics Electrical Technician and was an integral part of the daily operation of the Railroad. He was often on call and traveled throughout the state. When he decided to retire in late 2021, the Railroad named the building that he worked at on-site after him.
From the earliest years of his faith, Tim had a calling to reach out to street kids. This blossomed into a ministry named Wild Hope which he led at his church Imago Dei. For 17 years, a small team of folks would show up in downtown Portland each week to connect with street kids treating them with dignity and as people of worth. When appropriate, they handed out basics like dry, clean socks, toothbrushes and similar items as simple but tangible expressions of love.
Tim is survived by his life partner, Helen Wagner; son Andrew Wagner; sisters Donna (Randy) Thrall and Melinda "Mindy" (Don) Johnson; Helen's sisters Cathy and Judy; and brother John; many nieces and nephews; and dear friends. Special thanks to Tracy Petrie for being there for him right until the end.
A service will be held on March 19, 2022 at Imago Dei Community, 1400 SE Ankeny, Portland, OR 97214 at 10 am.