William Frederick "Fred" Wagner

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William Frederick "Fred" Wagner, 89, of Sidney, passed away at the Pavilion Nursing Home, 705 Fulton St., on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at 3:05 a.m.

He was born March 3, 1924, in Casstown, the son of Clarence and Sylvia (Buchman) Wagner, and they preceded him in death.

He was married on Jan. 15, 1955, to Eileen Boerger of Sidney, and she survives along with two daughters, Sylvia Cover and husband, Steve, of Columbus, and Sara Skelton and husband, J. Michael, of Mount Gilead; and three grandchildren, Abby Cover, and Fletcher and Julie Skelton.

One sister, Doris McMullen, is deceased.

Mr. Wagner graduated from Troy High School in 1942 and from the University of Dayton in 1950 with a degree in civil engineering.

He was proud of being a Marine, serving in World War II for 3 1/2 years with one year in the South Pacific as a navigator-bombardier; Korean War for 1 1/2 years in Japan and Korea as a navigator, where he was awarded two Air Medals; and he also was awarded eight other medals for good conduct and area medals designating duty in the Phillipines, China, Japan and Korea.

In 1979, he retired from the District 07 of the Ohio Department of Transportation with 30 years. He served 20 years in construction as project engineer of 10 projects, including I-70 and I-75 and four years as district deputy. He then worked for Frantz Brothers. He was a licensed professional engineer and was awarded the "Iron Man" award. He received 25 AASHO awards.

He had an NSPE lifetime membership, was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Sidney, Sidney American Legion, University of Dayton Alumni Golden Flyer, National Democrat Party and Holy Angels Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Dan Schmitmeyer. Burial will follow at St. Michael's Cemetery, Fort Loramie, with full military honors.

Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney on Friday, Aug. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. A Knights of Columbus service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 7:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Angels School, 120 E. Water St., Sidney, OH 45365 or Lehman High School, 2400 St. Mary's Ave., Sidney, OH 45365. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the Wagner family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's website at


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Published in Sidney Daily News on Aug. 11, 2013
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