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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Wilbur A. Wagner, 93, Wellsville, NY-Citrus Springs, FL-Formerly Ulysses, PA

Wilbur A. Wagner, 93, of Wellsville, NY and Citrus Springs, FL, formerly of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, May 23, 2008 in the Wellsville Manor, Wellsville, NY.

Born May 8, 1915, in Ulysses, he was the son of Orlo and Lida Empson Wagner. On March 8, 1941, in Addison, NY, he married the former Jeannette E. Dykins, who predeceased him on July 12, 1990. On September 3, 1998, in Ulysses, he married the former Margaret Mulford Watkins, who survives.

A 1933 graduate of Lewisville Vocational School in Ulysses and a graduate of Bryant and Stratton School of Business in Buffalo, NY, he served honorably with the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.

Mr. Wagner owned and operated Wagner Hardware in Ulysses for many years, retiring to Citrus Springs, FL in 1979.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ulysses, founding member of the Community Congregational Christian Church in Citrus Springs, FL, Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company (charter) in Ulysses, Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 (charter) in Ulysses, Lewisville Lodge #556 F & AM in Ulysses, Coudersport Consistory, Sons of the American Revolution General James Potter Chapter, served as a director and chairman of the Ulysses board and the corporate board of First Citizens National Bank, and served as president of the Northern Potter School Board. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Coudersport Golf Club and the Citrus Springs Golf Club.

Wilbur had a lifelong love of music and sang in a quartet for several years.

Surviving besides his wife, Margaret, are: a son, Rev. Ralph O. (Susan) Wagner of Tempe, AZ; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Wagner of Ulysses; foster daughter, Ann (William) Norman of Jersey Shore, PA; six grandsons, Andrew J. (Julie) Wagner of Turlock, CA, Nathan (Shihching) Wagner of Glendora, CA, Michael (Tiffany) Wagner of Coudersport, James W. Wagner of Ulysses, Eran (Melissa) Stone of Pompano Beach, FL, and Shawn Norman of Jersey Shore, PA; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Betty Dykins of Glastonbury, CT; a step-daughter, Ann McCarthy of Belfast, NY; and a step-son, Barry (Diana) Watkins of Owego, NY.

In addition to his first wife, Jeannette, he was predeceased by a son, James A. Wagner; a grandson, Gregory J. Wagner; a sister, Sylvia Wagner; and a brother, Raymond Wagner.

Friends may call Wednesday, May 28, 2008 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, with a Masonic Service following at 8:30 PM.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday in the Ulysses First Baptist Church. The Rev. Anna Shirey will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, Ulysses, PA 16948.

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