Russell L. Wagner Russell L. Wagner, 93, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Menno Haven Nursing Home in Chambersburg. Born September 4, 1920, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Amos H. and Laura Franklin Wagner. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Wagner served honorably during WWII from October 9, 1943 until December 19, 1945, where he served in the European Theater, earning five battle stars and bronze star awards. He was a life member of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW, longtime member of the Moose Lodge 842, and the Greene Township Lions Club for over 50 years, where he was a past president. He also was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. He taught welding at the former night school for the Chambersburg School District. Mr. Wagner dedicated 42 years as a welder and tool and die maker for Fairchild Industries in Hagerstown, MD. Surviving is his daughter, Judith Kern of Fayetteville, PA; and his friend and companion Urcille Estep of St. Thomas, PA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Vera M. Wagner in December 2006; and two sisters, Dorothy Sellers and Mildred Buhrman; and one brother, Edgar Wagner. A Memorial service will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 11 AM at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 44 E. Main St., Fayetteville, PA, where the Rev. Eloise Shanley will officiate. Interment will be private at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Paul Evagelical Lutheran Church Outreach Center at the above address.
Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Inc.
333 Falling Spring Road Chambersburg, PA 17201
Published in Public Opinion on Aug. 11, 2014