August 12th, 2009
NED FOLLMER WAGNER 1889-1979
Ned Follmer Wagner was born on March 16, 1889 at Watsontown to Jacob H. and Mary (Follmer) Wagner. He graduated from Watsontown High School in 1907 and attended Bucknell University.
Mr. Wagner was a member of Trinity German Reformed Church at Watsontown. Ned married Louise Brackbill who was born on April 15, 1889. Ned and Louise had one son Edmond "Pete" Follmer Wagner born April 6, 1924.
Mr. Wagner worked for many years at the former Watsontown Door and Sash Company, a business his father established. Later he became co-owner of Wilson Novelty Company in Watsontown where for fifteen years walking toys were produced. Mr. Wagner was one of the 15 original persons to sign the charter of the Clyde F. Mowrer Post 323, American Legion Post and was its oldest member at the time of his death. He had served as commander in 1929. Mr. Wagner was a life member of the West Branch Volunteer Fire Company and became a Master Mason of the Watsontown Lodge No. 401 on February 28, 1912. Mr. Wagner was also a member of the Milton Elks Club and was a life member of the Recreation Hunting Club. He was also a former member of the Watsontown Lions Club and the Milton Rotary Club. His hobby was raising roses at his home.
Ned Wagner served as Chief Burgess from 1938 to 1941.
Ned fractured his hip in May of 1979 and had surgery at the Evangelical Hospital to repair the break. He died on June 18, 1979 in the United Methodist Homes, Lewisburg where he had been admitted just 25 minutes earlier. He was 90 years of age at the time of his death. The Reverend D. Gene Patterson of the Baptist Church officiated at his funeral in the absence of his own pastor, the Reverend Philip K. Nace. Mr Wagner was buried at Watsontown Cemetery.
Louise Wagner died in July 1980. Mr. and Mrs. Wagner are both buried at Watsontown Cemetery.
[Milton Standard, June 19, 1979, pg. 3, obituary]
Last Modified: 08.11.09