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Mr. Richard E. Wasem

Richard E. "Woody" Wasem, 93, of Lancaster, passed away Friday, September 30, 2011 at Main Street Terrace. He was born March 28, 1918 in Fairfield County and was the son of the late Jennings and Mamie (Notestone) Wasem. Woody retired from Lancaster Lens. His first job was delivering 100 lb. blocks of ice for the Crystal Ice & Coal Company to be used as iceboxes. Woody always lived on a farm and raised various animals and was known for growing a large and plentiful garden each spring. Woody loved working with his hands and helped design and build a spring house including a water wheel made from zinc cans. He also built a covered bridge over the small stream that divided his farm. Woody also enjoyed restoring old buggies and sleighs. A Sunday afternoon treat for family and friends was to take a ride in the buggy or sleigh depending on the season. He especially enjoyed taking school children rides at the Fairfield County Fair. Woody was a member of the Lancaster United Brethern Church and a Past Master and 57 year member of Amanda #509 F & AM.
Woody is survived by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy Elizabeth (Waites) Wasem; daughters, Bonnie Bolsen and Shirley Wasem both of Lancaster; grandchildren, Noramah (Christopher Marshall) Burch, Chad (Stacy) Davis, Todd (Laura) Bolsen, Kevin (Rebecca) Davis, Carrie (Kason) Kimberley, Christie Bolsen; great grandchildren, Brandon Tipton, Parker and Alex Bolsen and Aiden Davis; sister, Mary Lehman of Lancaster and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gertrude Russell; daughter, Anita Davis; son-in-law, Bill Bolsen; sisters-in-law, Marie Bresler and Evalene Warner.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME in Amanda. Friends may call from 1-3 & 6-8 Tuesday at the funeral home with a masonic service to be held at 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions be made to United Brethern Church or Meals on Wheels of Fairfield County.

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Shirley and family, our thoughts are with you all. Woody was a pleasure to know. He was a quiet man, but a knowing kind of person. We took to him right away. He will be missed. Thanks, Shirley, for making his last months so special. He went through a lot, but you made him laugh and was there for him. He is smiling down at you. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
Susan and George Lee

Susan Lee - October 03, 2011 at 01:22 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. We are in North Carolina, so won't make it back for the viewing. However, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Mary Lou & David Marsh

David & Mary Lou Marsh - October 02, 2011 at 09:58 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Shirley and family, our heartfelt sympathy. Even though I only met your dad briefly, those sparkling blue eyes told his story, so precious.
Love & Blessings
Carrie & Steve Bosch

Carrie Steve Bosch - October 02, 2011 at 12:32 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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James Weaver - October 02, 2011 at 07:44 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dorothy, So sorry to hear of Woody's passing. It was so nice to have met you and Woody, with Aunt Marie (Galloway), who always thought so much of you. Blessings to you and your families.
Jim & Norma Jean Weaver

James Weaver - October 02, 2011 at 07:48 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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Allie Brown - October 03, 2011 at 11:56 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Shirley & Family...you and your family are in our prayers...may the Lord bless and comfort you as you deal with the passing of your father. He was a fine example and witness of a Christian gentleman. Heaven is now an even richer place. Sincerely yours in Christ, John & Pat Edwards

John E. Edwards - October 02, 2011 at 04:05 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Friends and Family uploaded 3 to the gallery.

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