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By The Mercury

John Frank Werner, 94, died Wednesdsay at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born Aug. 27, 1919 in Odin to John Baptist & Regina Philomena (Schmidt) Werner.

He married Leona Lauren Ambers on Oct. 5, 1952 at Viking Lutheran Country Church in North Dakota. He worked for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department and later served as a long term employee of the City of Great Bend Street Department.  He also worked for Arkansas Sand and Gravel. Mr. Werner was a long time Great Bend resident.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II with the 63rd Infantry Division, Seventh Army, which received commendation for cracking the Siegfried Line.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Great Bend.

He is survived by his wife, Leona Werner of the home; three daughters, Karen Steffan and her husband Jerry of Great Bend, Cheri Hayen of Manhattan, and Meri Werner of Manhattan; six sisters, Loretta Rutherford of Wichita, Irene Werner of Chandler, Ariz., Frances Prosser of Odin, Annie Klug of Odin, Margie Carey of Rockaway, N.J., and Mary Gilliam of Sturgis, Ky.; one brother, Anthony “Tony” Werner of Great Bend; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Craig Jon Werner; three brothers, Robert Werner, infant Raymond Werner, and Rudolph “Rudy” Werner; and one sister, Theresa Miller.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend. The Rev. James A. Strasen will officiate. Interment will be in the Great Bend Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Bryant Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or TLC Discoveries, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.

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