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Raymond F. Wagner, retired safety manager at General Mills

Feb. 23, 1947 – July 15, 2015

Raymond F. Wagner Sr., a retired safety, security, and environmental manager at General Mills, died Wednesday. He was 68.

Mr. Wagner was born in Buffalo, weighing only 2 or 3 pounds, and doctors didn’t expect him to survive, but he went on to graduate from South Park High School. After school, he worked as the safety, security, and environmental manager at General Mills for 33 years before retiring nearly 10 years ago. He was a member of the National Safety Council and a recipient of the Dedicated Service to Safety Award in 2009, the highest honor for an individual safety professional in recognition of outstanding service to the safety and health field.

In addition to his work at General Mills, Mr. Wagner served in the Navy for six years as a subtender on the USS Simon Lake, where he was stationed in Holy Loch, Scotland.

He enjoyed cooking deep dish pizza and Italian cuisine.

His wife, the former Marcy Kaminski, said he made a bet with a local bakery in Chicago to see if he could make a pizza better than traditional Chicago-style pizza, and she said once they tasted it, the bakers were happy to pay up.

He was also an avid golfer and painter, and was a past president of Great Lakes Fishing.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Raymond “Duke” Wagner Jr. and Richard; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four brothers, Paul, Billy, Ralph and Greg; and five sisters, Madge, Liz, Helen, Kathy and Phyllis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster.

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