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Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes have provided funeral and cremation services for the Hicksville, Oyster Bay and surrounding Long Island community since 1954. For more than a half-century, our commitment to families has remained unchanged, but our funeral, cremation and memorial services have responded to the changing needs of the Hicksville community.

Committed to families

To live up to our slogan: "Our Service Speaks for Itself," there is a constant effort on the part of the entire staff at Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes to provide every family we serve with exceptional service. Our experienced and compassionate associates are dedicated to upholding the high standards of our business.

Involved in the Hicksville community

Involvement in many Hicksville service organizations, as well as membership in state and national professional associations, helps to keep the staff at Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes connected with people of all walks of life.

To further those aims, our associates attend continuing education classes through seminars and classes held in both in the funeral home and at locations nationally. By bettering themselves, our staff can better serve families in need—and can give the support that is so necessary to help families move through the stages of grief.

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At Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level Four Founding Community Partner with We Honor Veterans, we are honored to serve our nation’s heroes and take this responsibility seriously. We have taken steps to ensure our staff is knowledgeable of all the benefits available to military veterans and their families.

In addition, we host community events annually in honor of our veterans and work closely with local veterans organizations. With respect, integrity and dignity, we will walk you through the steps of creating a veteran’s memorial service that truly honors the life and sacrifice of your loved one.

Your trusted provider

Our philosophy at Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes is to give professional service with compassion and care to all those suffering from the loss of a loved one. We take pride in the fact that we have maintained this philosophy for more than 60 years and can continue to offer the people of Hicksville, Oyster Bay and Long Island thoughtful and dignified funeral arrangements according to their needs and desires in a modern, spacious and caring environment.

Our beautiful handicap-accessible facility is located at 125 West Country Road. Please contact us if you need immediate assistance or would like more information about our funeral, cremation and memorial services.


The establishment of the Vernon C Wagner Funeral Homes began in the coal mining region of Pennsylvania. When Vernon C. Wagner was a teenager, his classmate was killed in a motorcycle accident. The restoration job on his friend inspired Vernon to want to do a better job in the business of caregiving.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Vernon went to American Academy McAllister Institute in New York City and became a licensed New York funeral director.

In 1954, he and his wife, Alice, purchased the big old white house on the corner of Old Country Road and Jerusalem Avenue in Hicksville. It was part of the estate of Dr. Shea, but for years it had been a rooming house. He opened for business in August of that year after consolidating with the Mowen Funeral Home, 1 of the 3 funeral homes in Hicksville.

A growing business

During the rest of the 1950s, there was more building and remodeling as the number of families coming to the Wagner Funeral Home increased beyond the limits of the original building. In 1963, Vernon enlarged part of the original building again. Through the 70s, the firm bought more land to increase the size of the parking lot.

In 1979, our 25th anniversary gave us a chance to look back at how our funeral home went from merely 15 funerals in the 1st year of business to well over 200 at that point.

Remodeling and renovations

At Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes, providing better service is always our first concern. So to meet the needs of the Hicksville community, we began a large extension and remodeled the entire building in the fall of 1984.

In the late '90s, we constructed a new handicap entrance ramp to make the transition into and out of the funeral home easier for the mobility impaired.

In 2005, we began a beautification project to update our interior facility and provide a warm and comfortable environment for the many families who visit our funeral home.

Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes today

Today, we are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. With more than 60 years of service, we at Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes continue to uphold the traditions and standards set forth by our founder. Vernon endured the tragic loss of a friend and used that upsetting experience to build a career of providing outstanding funeral care.





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Ratings & Reviews

Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"My family and myself would like to thank Robert, Larry and all the staff at Wagner Funeral home for all their help and comfort at this most difficult time."

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September 2020

"I lost my dad in April and then my husband in September. My experience at Whitting Funeral Home in Glen Head was awful, they should take a lesson from the staff at Vernon C Wagner. Whitting has much to learn. Vernon C Wagner did an excellent job. Much appreciated."

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September 2020

"Very respectful and professional, loved ones couldn't be in better hands . Dealing with Rob L. was terrific he couldn't have been more helpful , pleasant and thoughtful during the most difficult time."

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July 2020

"Courteous, prompt and honest despite the covid lockdown and overwhelming response. Kudos to Kristina and her staff for going above and beyond their line of duty to assist us and other families during these difficult and unprecedented times"

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May 2020

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