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Harry Lawrence Ernst Werner

Harry Lawrence Ernst Werner, age 82, of Darwin, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield

He was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Ellsworth Township, the son of Herman and Aurelia (Wallmow) Werner. Harry grew up on the family farm in Ellsworth Township, where he helped with the farm chores. He attended district schooling for his education.

Harry served his country during World War II, from Nov. 28, 1944 ,until Aug. 17, 1946, serving in Germany.

He was united in marriage to Ramona Zaeska Sept. 10, 1950, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Atwater. Together, they moved to a farm in Ellsworth Township, where they have resided for the past 56 years.

Harry worked for many years farming the land, and had also been employed at 3-M Manufacturing in Hutchinson for 13 years. He was a partner in the Werner-Maahs Construction Company.

Harry’s favorite time of year was the fall. He enjoyed the many hours that he spent with his children and grandchildren up at the hunting cabin, getting ready for the deer hunting season. He also enjoyed fishing, golf, and always had a woodworking project in the works or on the drawing board.

For their 50th wedding anniversary, Harry celebrated by going skydiving at the age of 74. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and many others who had the privilege to meet him over the years.

Harry is survived by his wife, Ramona Werner of Darwin; children Rodney (Wanda) Werner of Howard Lake, Carol (Rod) Holly of Dassel, Randall (Carol) Werner of Litchfield, Cheryl (Brad) Schmidt of Willmar, and Robert (Michele) Werner of Becker; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ernie (Artheline) Werner of Lakewood, Wash.; and a sister, Ruth Abrahamson of Cokato.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Frank.

The funeral service took place Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Litchfield with the Rev. Donald Main officiating. Interment of the urn will take place at the Ellsworth Cemetery in Darwin at a later date.

Visitation was Friday evening, Oct. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.