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Frederick William Wager

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SHUSHAN, N.Y. -- Frederick William Wager, 76, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his beautiful and devoted wife of 53 years, Julia Bottum Wager, whom he married Dec. 18, 1954.

Born Sept. 17, 1931, in Cambridge, Bill was the son of Frederick S. and Mary Campbell Wager. He graduated from Salem Washington Academy and went on to serve in the United States Air Force in the 1950s. He then attended Union College in Schenectady, earning his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Bill worked as a Civil Engineer for New York State and was promoted to the position of State Resident Engineer of Washington County, retiring in 1989.

He was involved in many community organizations. In the Newman Methodist Church of Shushan, he long served as a trustee. Bill was an active and enthusiastic member of the Greenwich Elks Lodge serving several terms as the Exulted Ruler. He gave freely of his talents designing and assisting with the construction of the Elk’s current lodge. He was also a member of the Cambridge American Legion-Captain Maxson Post, as well as Past Master of the Cambridge-Salem Masons.

Growing up in a musically gifted family, Bill played many instruments and several years after retirement became an active member of the Cambridge Marching Band.

As a 35-year member of the Cambridge Flying Club, Bill enjoyed hundreds of flight hours taking his family and grandchildren for lunch or day trips in his Cessna. He was an avid motorcyclist, traveled extensively internationally with his wife, and thoroughly enjoyed watching football with fellow fans.

Bill is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Keith Herron of South River, N.J., and Karen and Roland Hall of Shushan; a brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Jean Wager of Shushan; his three cherished grandchildren, Camden Leigh, MacKenzie Campbell and Eric William Dumas and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by two sisters, Marilyn Krug and Elizabeth Burnett.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service celebrating Bill’s life on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Newman Methodist Church, Shushan.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Newman Methodist Church, (in care of Gayle Shaw) Shushan, NY 12873.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, Cambridge.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 28, 2007
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