George Wagasky Obituary
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George Wagasky Jr.

June 2, 1922 - April 1, 2012
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When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, George was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with George knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.        His parents were George and Mary Wagasky. George was raised in North Baddock, Pennsylvania. Even as a youngster, George learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.       As a young boy, George was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. George was raised with three younger brothers Bill, Jack and Tom. George had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For George, this was a...
When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, George was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with George knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

       His parents were George and Mary Wagasky. George was raised in North Baddock, Pennsylvania. Even as a youngster, George learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, George was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. George was raised with three younger brothers Bill, Jack and Tom. George had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For George, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      A logical and focused thinker, George was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. George’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Braddock High School in 1940. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. He lettered in Football.

      George was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When George was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to George came to expect his high standards of performance. Later in life, he became friends with Jack and Anne Marie Jerdan.

George was blessed with one child, Son George "Ski" Wagasky, III. He was most proud of the fact that his son became a fighter pilot just like him, flying the F-4 Phantom and F-15 Eagle. He was also blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law, Linda; three Grandchildren, Jonathan, Melinda and Laura; and five great-grandchildren

    George was an Air Force Veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was in the Air Defense Business stationed in Ohio, Florida, New York, Alabama and California. George saw action for two years during World War II as a P47 and P51 Fighter Pilot. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Major. He received several awards recognizing his heroism, including the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Force Medal with One Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart; Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

George approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies especially model airplanes that were exact replicas of those he flew in World War II. Later, his favorite pursuits were playing cards and he participated in the on-line craze of Texas Hold-em.

Playing by the rules was a natural thing for George to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In high school, George played Football. Recreational sports included Golf. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Football (Steelers) and Baseball (Pittsburgh Pirates).

Being generous with his time and energy, George liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, George was an active member of the 365th Fighter Group from WWII, serving on numerous committees and hosting the reunion held in Las Vegas in 1990.

He was a Catholic, and he accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior at 89 years. He was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. George’s favorites were his Yorkies, Nipper, Princess and Peaches. They were best friends for 14 years.

George passed away on April 1, 2012 at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Anastasia "Nell"; son, Ski; and daughter-in-law, Linda. Services were held at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.

All who knew him would agree that George was indeed what Tom Brokaw called the “Greatest Generation.” He will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

"Sorry for you. I know when my dad died it was very emotional for me. I tried to call you last week but you were probably at the funeral. God bless you...."

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