Harry Russell Van Wagoner


(Jan. 2, 1922 - Sept. 28, 2011)

Harry Russell Van Wagoner, 89, died at his home in Rupert, Idaho, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.

He was born in Billings, on Jan. 2, 1922, to Benjamin and Alice Marion Van Wagoner. He was raised in Powell, and graduated from Powell High School in 1940.

He was a long time resident of the North Fork, where he was a well-known and respected cowboy. He enjoyed hunting in the Thorofare, being a guide, fishing and ranching.

On March 1, 1969 he married Marilyn Nizzia at the First Presbyterian Church in Cody. They had five children.

For many years he was a resident of Cody, where all of his children were raised and attended school. He was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and a deacon, among other roles.

In 2009 he and Marilyn moved to Rupert, Idaho, to live and work at the Idaho Youth Ranch. Harry enjoyed spending time telling stories to the youth of the ranch.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn of 42 years; and their five children, Janci (Tim) Baxter of Powell, Marci (Bron) Marrs of Fairfield, Conn., Mary Alice of Maplewood, N.J., Megan of Ogden, Utah, and Caleb of Laramie. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Ethan, Rex, and Hadley Marrs.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 3 at First Presbyterian Church in Cody. Burial followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. Services were also held in Rupert, Idaho.

An online guestbook is available at www.ballardfh.com.