Paul H. Wragg, 82, chaplain at Dover Air Force Base, enjoyed gardening, biking

By on June 10, 2015

Col. (Ret.) Paul H. Wragg, USAF, 82, of Lititz, formerly of Denver, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015, at Luther Acres.

He was born in Chicago, Ill., to the late Paul H. Wragg Sr. and wife Julia, and the late Catherine (Jean) Martin, and was the husband of Susanne B. (Kirk) Wragg, with whom he shared 27 years of marriage.

He was a member of the Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Denver. He enjoyed bike riding, traveling, and gardening.

Paul entered the U.S. Air Force in 1959 as an officer and a chaplain. He was the base chaplain in November 1978 at Dover Air Force Base when the tragedy occurred at the People’s Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, under the direction of cult leader Jim Jones. He spent that Thanksgiving consoling grieving families as their loved ones were airlifted out of Guyana and arrived at the mortuary in Dover. He retired in 1979 after 20 years of service.

Paul was a graduate of Florida State University and went to seminary in North Carolina at the Duke University Divinity School. He received a master’s in education from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Florida State University. He was a pastor at many churches in North Carolina, Florida, and Delaware.

In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by four daughters: Janet, wife of Bill Majer, of Morgantown; Susan, wife of Carl Bruno, of Fredericksburg, Va.; Lisa, wife of Alan Nold, of Dover, Del.; and Vicki Smith of Seaford, Del.; four step-children: Patricia Lang of Dover, Del.; Michelle Whelan of Wayne; Hope Lang of Fulton, Md.; and Robert Lang of Grafton, Ohio; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a half-sister: Joann, wife of Jan Flickinger, Ocala, Fla.; and a half-brother: Richard Wragg, Melbourne, Fla.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 15, at 1 p.m., with time of visitation and a light luncheon following, at the Community Room in the Town Center, Luther Acres, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, with Pastor Joseph Veres officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to the Luther Acres Benevolent Fund, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, PA 17543, or to the Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, 357 Walnut St., Denver, PA 17517.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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