Carl Wagner, 72, of Salida and Naples, Fla., died July 5, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., from complications of heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurism.
He was born in Glassboro, N.J., in 1938 and moved to Salida when he was 36 to start a bronze foundry.
Mr. Wagner used the lost wax method to create and cast bronze sculptures. He specialized in animals and during his career made at least one of almost every animal.
His artwork is in collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Mr. Wagner made life-size eagles for Anheuser-Busch, the Federal Reserve Bank and American Airlines.
For the last 20 years he made special-edition eagles for American Airlines to be given as awards to top employees.
He created a life-size buffalo for the Buffalo Association in North Dakota.
Mr. Wagner received an award after President Ronald Reagan was given one of his bronze eagles, now displayed in the Ronald Reagan museum.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother-in-law, Warren Atkinson; sister-in-law, Peggy Wagner; and a stillborn grandson.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Naples; daughter, Tracy (Doug) Beach; son, Rodd (Denise) Wagner; and grandchildren, Eric and India Compton, all of Salida; sisters, Eleanor Atkinson of Wyoming and Ann (Phil) Yarick of New Mexico; and brother, John Wagner of New Jersey.
Cremation occurred in Naples and his ashes will remain in the home. No services are planned.
An example of Mr. Wagner's work, a large eagle, is displayed at High Country Bank on U.S. 50 in Salida.