Terry Lee Wagner
Retired US Army Col. Terry Lee Wagner, 70, Hollidaysburg, passed away Thursday morning at Garvey Manor from Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born in Altoona, son of Merle and Elsie (Fleck) Wagner. He married Susan K. Davis on Nov. 26, 1964, at Zion Lutheran Church, Hollidaysburg.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Amy C. Wagner-Elliot (Thomas) of Carlisle; a son, Samuel E. Wagner (Tamara) of Silver Spring, Md.; three grandsons: Liam J. Wagner, Evan L. Wagner and Frederick “Fritz” W. Elliot.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Merle Jr.
Terry was a 1960 graduate of Altoona High School; a 1964 graduate of IUP; and a 1972 graduate of the University of Missouri, with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.
He was an Army Veteran, retiring after 30 years of service, serving a tour in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968; four tours in Germany; and one tour in Korea. He commanded the supply and services company, 9th S&T Battalion, 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam. He commanded the 260th Quartermaster Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., from 1985 to 1986; and was Commander of the Greater Stuttgart Military Community in Stuttgart, Germany from 1988 to 1990. He completed the field artillery officer basic course, basic airborne course, petroleum officer course, quartermaster officer advanced course, was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and was a graduate of and an instructor at the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.
He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit; two Bronze Stars; two Defense Meritorious Service Medals; three Army Commendation Medals; the Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation with Palm; as well as several other awards and commendations.
Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, he served as chief clerk of Blair County from 1994 to 2008, after which he was appointed Blair County commissioner for one year. In 2006, he received the Pennsylvania Chief Clerk of the Year Award.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Hollidaysburg, and was a member of the St. James Lodge #230, as well as the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine of Springfield, Mo.
Terry enjoyed travelling, military history, his grandsons, his fluffy cats and a great German pilsner.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church, Hollidaysburg. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church, Hollidaysburg, by Pastor Greg Harbaugh. Interment will be at Presbyterian Cemetery, Hollidaysburg, with military honors.
The family requests that donations be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305; or an American veteran’s charity of your choice, in memory of Terry.
Arrangements are by Plank, Stitt & Stevens Funeral Home, 421 Montgomery St., Hollidaysburg, Pa.