William Edward "Bill" Wagner

William "Bill" Edward Wagner, 95, of Vero Beach passed away on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. He was born in 1917 in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and was a resident of Vero Beach since 1952, coming from Columbus, Ohio. He served in the Army during World War II in the European Theater. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge, and was also stationed in Northern Africa, Italy and France. Prior to his retirement he worked as an entomologist for 35 years. Survivors include his daughters, Ruth A. Jacobs and Carolyn Edsall Toohey, both of Vero Beach; sons, Dr. Don Wagner of Vero Beach, David W. Wagner of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Dick Wagner of Helen, Ga.; daughter, Nancy Wagner of Hollywood; brother, Charles F. Wagner of Kannapolis, N.C.; fourteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Ruth Margaret Wagner. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts Gulf Stream Council, 8335 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Services: A graveside service will be on Nov. 19, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. Online condolences may be expressed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com

Published in the TC Palm on Nov. 19, 2012