Leon H. Werner -- Meyer, Iowa

MEYER, Iowa -- The memorial Mass for Leon H. Werner will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, Iowa, with the Rev. John Moser officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Osage, with military rites by Osage American Legion Post 278.

Mr. Werner, 82, of Osage, formerly of Meyer, Iowa, died Saturday (Aug. 19, 2006) at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center-Hospice Unit in Osage.

He was born July 8, 1924, in Meyer. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Lucille Milbrandt on Aug. 12, 1947, at St. Mels Catholic Church in McIntire, Iowa. They farmed and lived in the Meyer area until 1984, and then moved to Osage. He was a fishing guide at Lake Vermillion in northern Minnesota. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Osage American Legion Post 278. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, woodworking and card playing.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jerry (Edna) of Angeles City, the Philippines, and Kevin of Mason City, Iowa; four daughters, Judy (Roger) Johnson of Austin, Diane Wilson of Rochester, Debra (John) Lair of Miami Beach, Fla., and Nancy Lucker of Osage; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Margie Michels of Stacyville, Iowa, Teresa (Roy) Baldus of Perham, Minn., and Mary (Rex) Machacek of Austin. He was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and a daughter.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a Scripture Wake service at 7 p.m.

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