William Frederick "Fred" Wagner, 89, of Sidney, Ohio passed away at the Pavilion Nursing Home, 705 Fulton St., Sidney, Ohio on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 3:05 AM.
He was born March 3, 1924 in Casstown, Ohio the son of Clarence and Sylvia (Buchman) Wagner and they preceded him in death.
He was married on January 15, 1955 to Eileen Boerger of Sidney and she survives along with two daughters, Sylvia Cover and husband Steve of Columbus, Ohio and Sara Skelton and husband J. Michael of Mt. Gilead, Ohio 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 ½ years with one year in the South Pacific as a navigator-bombardier, Korean War for 1 ½ years in Japan and Korea as a navigator where he was awarded two Air Medals and also 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 1-70 and 1-75 and 4 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 was held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Rev. Dan Schmitmeyer. Burial followed at St. Michael's Cemetery, Fort Loramie, Ohio with full military honors. Friends called at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 4-8 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM until 9:45 AM. A Knights of Columbus service was be held at the funeral home on Friday at 7:45 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Angels School, 120 E. Water St., Sidney, Ohio 45365 or Lehman High School, 2400 St. Mary's Ave., Sidney, Ohio 45365.
Condolences may be expressed to the Wagner family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's web site at: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com
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