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9th January 2021 • Modern Cowboy • Dan Hillenbrand
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"Pete’s character and journey exemplify Cowboy grit, determination & perseverance. Everyone of us has challenges and obstacles in life and Pete's story will inspire you to keep pushing and never give up."

Funerals & Memorials As many of you know, Pete passed away early in the morning on Friday, January 8th. Pete suffered a heart attack the previous weekend and underwent surgery, but sadly experienced a second heart attack that he was not able to recover from. He was comforted in the hospital by his daughter, Alysa, inhis last few days.

Pete faced many obstacles throughout his life. He was diagnosed with diabetes during his childhood, periodically suffered blindness in one eye, paralysis in certain body parts, survived ventricular reconstruction, along with right ventricle, kidney, liver and pancreas transplants, rendered paraplegic and the amputation of his left leg. However, in spite of all the physical obstacles he faced, he continued to persevere. Always with positivity and kindness to others.

Those that knew Pete, knew he had two loves. First his daughter, Alysa, who was his world. She was a miracle baby, who defied all odds, as doctors didn't believe Pete would be able to have children. Second, his love for everything country music, especially as a singer and songwriter. Pete was a genuine man and a true cowboy, both at heart and in real life. If you were fortunate enough to hear him sing, which many of us were, I'd like to imagine he left an imprint on your heart, as he did mine. 

Pete was born August 10, 1971 in Omaha, NE. He was preceded in death by his father, Gregory Wagner and his mother, Sharon Bonacci. Survived by brother, Ross Lorello; sister Tamara Taylor; and daughter, Alysa Wagner.  

Let's continue to celebrate Pete's life together. Please share your memories, pictures, and videos, so we can all remember and cherish the person he was. 

If you knew Pete, you couldn't dispute how much he touched the lives of everyone around him. Now, it's our turn to give back and help Alysa as she deals with the loss of her father. We are raising money for memorial and funeral costs to assist his daughter as she deals with this loss. If you are financially able, please consider donating to this cause, no amount is too small.


TEAM FUNDRAISER Mika Yonamine, Akin Yonamine, and Amanda Plantz are organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Alysa Wagner.

*The above copy was taken from the Go-Fund Me Page.


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MC Podcast Production & Editing: Tyler Hillenbrand