-- — Louis Werner Jr., 85, Sunman, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at the Heritage House of Greensburg.
Born June 9, 1927, in Franklin County, he was the son of Louetta (Shotwell) and Louis Werner Sr.
He married La Verne Hildebrand Aug. 14, 1948, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Penntown.
Louie served in the U.S. Army from 1946-47 and was stationed in Japan. He spent 20 years at Hill-Rom as an assembler before retiring in 1989 and was a member of St. Leon American Legion Post 464.
Louie loved being outdoors. He fished; hunted squirrel, rabbits and deer; was a trapper; and played golf. He was also one of the original “turtle gang” from St. Nicholas when you could still trap and use real turtle to make turtle soup. Before working at Hill-Rom, many will remember that Louie spent years butchering and processing meat for people.
His family talked about how he liked getting in the car and going for rides. They teased that he could drive a hundred miles a day having never left Sunman, and when they’d go visit people, Louie was ready to head on to the next stop about the time he warmed up his chair – much to the chagrin of La Verne, who had planned to stay a little longer.
Not all of his hobbies involved the outdoors, though. For years, he and La Verne bowled in a mixed couples league and attended square dances, where occasionally Louie was the caller. He was a Reds and Bengals fan, liked game shows and he and La Verne enjoyed volunteering their time to help with Legion functions. His greatest joy was having his grandkids around.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Joan Horner and Joyce Batta, Sunman; sons Louis and Robert, Sunman; sisters Margie Maham, Cincinnati, Clara Bonar, Liberty, and Hazel Miller, Hamilton, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by sisters Mary Eckstein, Esther Bonello, Lena Werner and Thelma Folenius; and his brother, Raymond.
Visitation is Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9-11 a.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Peter Frye of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Penntown, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the St. Leon American Legion post. The family requests memorials to the Heritage House Alzheimer’s Research or St. Leon American Legion.