Man Donates Home to Shriners Hospitals
KREX News Room
PALISADE, Colo.- A local long-time resident of Grand Junction donated his home to help children get the medical attention they need that isn't always affordable.
Chuck Wagner, 79, died a little over two years ago, but many remember the man who loved children and taught them all about history and the Civil War. "If you wanted to know anything about any gun, sword, or any uniform, you came to chuck," said Garry Brewer, friend and representative of Wagner's estate.
Wagner didn't just preach good, but he did good, a lot of good for the community. "He was kind of clever about this whole process. He would ask me and other people who were involved with the Shriners, what it was about and what we did. It was just a complete surprise when we were informed that Chuck had donated his house to the Shriners hospitals," said Linn Armstrong, member of the Western Colorado Shriners Club.
A check presented to Shriners hospital from Wagner's estate of $163,000. "They were just tickled pink, it goes to a great cause, they were just so thrilled," said Brewer.
Shriners Hospitals offer free service for children with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, and much more.
One long-time friend of Wagner's, Bennett Young was the man who bought his house. "I bought the house and I've known about the property ever since it was built," he said.
With each having spent many years with Wagner, they all say helping children out was his passion, and they didn't expect anything less to come from such a great man.
The men said the money will go to a Children's Hospital and will be dispersed out wherever it's needed most.