William ‘Bill’ E. Wegener

Lifelong Riverhead resident William “Bill” E. Wegener died May 3 at his home. He was 89.

Mr. Wegener was born Jan. 12, 1932, in Amityville to William and Margaret (Budd) Wegener of Brooklyn. He graduated in 1951 from Riverhead High School. He was later stationed with the U.S. Army in Bad Aibling, Germany, where he met and married Margaret Pinkus. He was a mechanic and an intelligence courier for the 328th Communication Reconnaissance Company. 

He worked as a linotype operator for the Traveler-Mattituck Watchman, and worked in environmental services and as a housekeeping supervisor for Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Mr. Wegener was an active trustee of Riverhead United Methodist Church; a scoutmaster with Troop 202; participated in the 1948 month-long Philmont Boy Scout Camp in New Mexico; and was a member of Riverhead VFW Post 2476. He also volunteered at Riverhead Free Library’s Yellow Barn.

Predeceased by his wife in 2014, he is survived by his three sons, William Jr., of Kings Park; Robert, of Lewes, Del.; and Richard, of Brooklyn. He is also survived by a granddaughter and his companion, Carol Tracy of Riverhead.

 The family will receive visitors Thursday, May 6, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home in Riverhead. Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Calverton National Cemetery.