Austin Lee Wagner, entered the gates of his heavenly home on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the age of 21. He was taken tragically in a motorcycle accident in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was born on October 29, 1997 in Bristol, Connecticut. He was a chartered member of the Torrington Lodge of Elks 372 Antlers program. He was a high school graduate of the Connecticut Junior Republic in Litchfield in 2015. He served his country by enlisting in the United States Army in 2016 until 2019. Austin completed and graduated boot camp from the 434th Field Artillery Brigade in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and also did his AIT at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he became a Patriot Missile Launching Operator/Maintainer. He then served 1 year at Camp Carroll in South Korea. Upon returning home to the USA he was then stationed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. He was a car enthusiast and associated with the Urban Mayhem car club in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He also volunteered at the YMCA in El Paso, Texas coaching a youth basketball team. He also enjoyed volunteering with his Army unit at animal shelters and surrounding churches.
He was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend and will be greatly missed by All. He is survived by his mom and dad; Kristy and Thomas Grohs of Torrington, his beloved brothers three-year-old twins Mitchell and Carter Grohs, Maternal Grandparents; Wayne and Cynthia Michaud of Florida and Paternal Grandmother Rose Grohs of Torrington and fiancée, Kayle Leyba of Las Cruces, NM. He also leaves behind his loving uncles and aunts Craig and Teri Michaud, James and Ann Grohs Jr, Paul Grohs, and John and Pamela Grohs. He also leaves behind his twin great aunts and great uncles Sandra and Floyd Ryder and Carol and Michael Michaud. He also leaves behind several loving cousins and friends.
Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held Saturday June 15th 11 AM at Saint Joseph Cemetery 522 Terryville Ave Bristol CT. Friends may call Friday June 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Phalen Funeral Home Torrington.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Madd.org 317 Foxon Rd #1 East Haven CT 06513.