Harold Willard Wenger



A faithful servant of the Lord has passed away. Harold Willard Wenger was 98 years old when he passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. He lived within a mile radius of where he was born. His birth certificate, which we have, was on a postcard.

Harold was extremely proud of serving in the U. S. Army during World War II where he served in France. He retired from the U. S. Postal Service after 35 years of service. Harold was a past president of the American Postal Workers Union, Fredericksburg Local 559.

Harold helped build Tabernacle United Methodist Church where he was a member and served as an usher for more than 30 years. He enjoyed helping in the kitchen for the church barbecues and made the pancakes (with a bit of ginger ale) for pancake breakfasts.

Harold was a “custodian” of the Ruritan Club for more than 25 years and also worked in the kitchen for their barbecues. After mowing their lawn for many years, he stopped at the age of 83 due to a heart condition. Most people thought Harold was 75.

Harold was an avid gardener who tended a large garden where he grew potatoes and vegetables and canned them for the winter months into his 80’s. His tomatoes and pickles were the absolute best. He could never turn down a strawberry sugar cone from Carl’s. Harold always started his day with his favorite bowl of oatmeal, banana, and orange. At the age of 97, he was still baking our traditional sweet potato casserole with marshmallows for the holiday meals which we all enjoyed.

Harold was an extraordinary man who enjoyed the simple things in life. He was a hard worker who kept family as a priority. A true gentleman, Harold was kind, caring and compassionate. He always put others ahead of himself. Harold never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Furry friend Cody is missing his comfy lap.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Beatrice Thomas Wenger; daughter Melinda Smith and son, Trevor Smith; and daughter-in-law Sharon Wenger and daughter, Jessica Wenger and husband Travis Koshko. Harold is preceded in death by his parents, William and Julia; six siblings; and son Donald Wayne Wenger.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 14 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service in Sunset Memorial Gardens.