David Eugene Werner, 62, of Tecumseh, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 in Tecumseh, due to complications of ALS. He was born to Robert and Colleen (Carlson) Werner on April 19, 1952 in Falls City.
Dave was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He was raised on a farm 7½ miles northwest of Falls City, attended rural elementary school near Salem and graduated from FC High School in 1970. Dave helped his dad farm and drive the mail truck. In his youth, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends.
Dave was united in marriage to Jodene Hollis on April 27, 1974 at Goff, KS. To this union three children were born.
Dave served his country in the Army National Guard and later the U.S. Navy from Jan. 27, 1972 until his discharge on Jan. 26, 1978. While in the service he attended the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School. Dave was a Machinist 1st Class assigned to Nuclear Submarines. After his service, Dave worked in Operations Training at various Nuclear Power Generating Stations. His last position was at the Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville.
In his spare time, Dave enjoyed riding motorcycles, coaching youth sports, hunting, fishing, golfing, camping, rooting for his favorite sports teams. He especially loved spending time with his grandsons.
Dave is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jodene Werner, of Tecumseh; children, Crystal Werner, of Cook, Nathan (Melissa) Werner, of Tecumseh, Misty (Clint) Strayhorn, of Cook; grandsons, Michael, Kollin, Cameron, Brayden, Elliott and Kolby; brother, Gary Werner, of Omaha; sisters, Deb (Bruce) Dalluge, of Tecumseh, and Roberta (Bill) Royse, of West Des Moines, IA; nieces, Becky, Meghan, Sarah and Sam; mother-in-law, JoAnn Hollis, of Hiawatha, KS; sister and brother-in-law, Jenny and Frank Mueseler, of Powhatten, KS; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Raymond Hollis; uncles, Edwin Werner, Charles Werner and Richard Pickard; and several cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, rural Verdon, with Pastor John Sipf officiating. Memorials may go to the ALS Foundation. Interment was in the St. Mark’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Verdon, with full military honors. Wherry Mortuary, of Tecumseh, was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.wherrymortuary.com