October 2nd, 2015
Norman H. Wagner, 80, of Clayton passed away Thursday evening, October 1, 2015, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.
The family will receive friends at the Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept. on Monday, October 5, 2015, from 3 - 5PM. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.
Norman was born in Clayton on January 27, 1935, son of Michael A. and Susan J. Longton Wagner. He was a 1952 graduate of Clayton Central School and received his associates degree from Morrisville Technical College. He served with the US Air Force in 1952. He married the former Patricia McKinley on November 14, 1958 and they were divorced in 1984. He later married the former Patricia Spence on June 6, 1987 and they remained married until the time of her death in September 2012.
;He worked for Frink SnoPlows, Clayton and Viking Snow Plow, Harrisville. He later managed the Texaco gas station in Clayton. In 1985 Norman became a corrections officer and retired from Cape Vincent Correctional Facility in 1998. In 1999 he began serving as the Town of Clayton Historian, and he still held that office at the time of his passing.
History was a large part of his life and he was a Civil War enthusiast. He also was a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society. Norman enjoyed delivering River Rat cheese every Thursday around the county for a number of years. He loved to hunt and was a member of many local area Rod and Gun Clubs for the purpose of pursuing his love of black powder muzzle loaders. He enjoyed woodworking and could fix just about anything.
He is survived by his two daughters Patricia L. "Patti" and Steven LaShomb, Virginia Beach, VA and Julie A. and Dennis Webster, Mineral, VA; two stepchildren, Cynthia Gravely, Richmond, VA and Robert W. Marshall; four grandchildren, Margo Deems, Virginia Beach, VA, Caitlin and Nelson Clarke, Great Lakes, IL, Lauryn and Jared Galloway, Richmond, VA and Clay Kirk, GA; five great grandsons, Ethan, Evan, Henry, Vincent, and McKinley; four siblings, M. Paul and Joan Wagner, Las Vegas, NV, Ernest C. Wagner, Liberty, NY, Anne L. Wagner, Rochester, NY and Joseph R. and Maggie Wagner, Schenectady, NY; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, Norman's family would ask that donations be made in his name to the Thousand Islands Museum at 312 James St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.