Eugene George Wagar QueensburyEugene George Bud Wagar, 87, of Queensbury, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at the Gens Falls Hospital, following a long illness. Born on May 28, 1926, in Ballston Lake, he was the son of the late Herman and Reba (Dingman) Wagar. Bud was a graduate of Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Central School and Oneonta State College. Throughout his life he continued his education by attending classes relating to his career with the telephone company. At the age of 17, Bud enlisted in the United States Navy. At the age of 18 he became active duty and served during World War II as a gunner with the rank of coxswain. He fought in many battles and was very proud of his service to his country. He married Helen David in 1955 at the Ballston Spa Presbyterian Church. They settled in Ballston Lake for 38 years, moved to Minerva for several years and currently resided in Queensbury. Bud was employed by The New York Telephone Company (Verizon) for 38 years. He started as a lineman and worked his way up to the position of manager. At the time of his retirement, he worked out of the Albany and Schenectady offices, traveling all over the state as an instructor. He was a member of Christ Church United Methodist in Glens Falls as well as Jonesville United Methodist Church and Minerva Baptist Church. He was a member of the American Legion, the Veteran's of Foreign Wars (VFW) the Sampson Sailors and the Telephone Retirees Association. He was an EMT and served with Ski Patrols for not only West Mountain Ski Center but also Gore Mountain Ski Center. Bud was a very talented craftsman with stained glass manufacturing many different things including windows, lamps, break fronts and jewelry boxes. A testimony to his work can be seen in the windows he created for the Minerva Baptist Church. He also in his later years created wonderful pictures using watercolors. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, Audrey Bradley. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen (David) Wagar of Queensbury; his son, Scot David Wagar of Houston, Texas; his daughter, Julie G. Lauritzen and her husband, Steve of Novato, CA; and his granddaughter, Zoey Lauritzen of Novato, CA. There are no calling hours scheduled. A memorial service will take place on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist in Glens Falls with the Rev. Meredith VanDerminden, officiating. Following services, all are welcome to a reception at the church hall. Burial at a later date, will take place at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in the town of Stillwater. Donations in Bud's memory may be made to the National Ski Patrol, at West Mountain, 59 West Mountain Rd., Queensbury, NY 12804 or Christ Church United Methodist, 54 Bay St., Glens Falls, NY 12801. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.net.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Nov. 30, 2013