Philip R. Wagaman 65, printer, die-maker and woodworker

By on October 17, 2012

Philip R. Wagaman, 65, of Lititz, passed away into the loving arms of his Savior at the Hospice & Community Care, Essa Flory Center Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 following a courageous battle with a lengthy illness with his family by his side.

He and his loving wife, Barb, were blessed to share 30 incredible years of marriage. Born in Lititz, he was the son of the late Harry and Esther Wagaman.

A former printer at Wagaman Enterprises and Wagaman Brothers Printing, Phil was recognized for his skilled die-making. His passion for woodworking and family led him to his second career. For over 20 years, Phil worked as a traditional craftsman and created wooden antique reproduction game boards. Phil attended many folk art shows, where he proudly spoke about and demonstrated his craft. He enjoyed teaching children of all ages. Phil’s faith and personal relationship with God was important to him. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Lititz. When not in his woodshop, Phil could be found outdoors. He had a deep appreciation for wildlife and nature. He frequently spent afternoons at Middle Creek. Trips to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon were among his favorite places to travel. Summer vacations in Lewes, Del. were the times he enjoyed the most. Phil loved fishing with his daughter, Sarah. He looked forward to every spring for trout season, where they could be found walking the Hammer Creek. Phil was very proud of his daughter, Sarah. They enjoyed many adventures together and time spent watching and playing various sports. Phil also enjoyed spending time with his pups, Minnie and Fonz.

In addition to his wife, Barb, and daughter, Sarah, Phil is survived by a cousin: Karen Hampton, of Lancaster; aunts: Ellen and Mary Wagaman, both of Lititz; a brother: Jeff Wagaman; mother-in-law: Marion Miller, of Lebanon; long time family friend: Lynn Gruver, of Lancaster; other family members: Bev and Gary Whitman, of Lebanon; Jeff and Donna Miller, of Lewes, Del; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Phil was loved by his entire family and many friends. He will be remembered for his warm smile and gentle spirit.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Phil’s memory to: Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, 100 Museum Road, Stevens, PA 17578 or to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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