Forrest Erwin Werner
Forest Erwin Werner, age 83, of LeRoy, passed away Sunday March 3, 2013, at his residence.
Forest was born to Harry and Mary (Bond) Werner on March 4, 1929 on the family dairy farm South East of LeRoy, Michigan where he was a lifelong resident.
Forrest attended Shield Country School and graduated from LeRoy Agricultural High School in 1947.
On January 7, 1950 he and Leonora (Lee) Pamment were married in the St. Paul American Lutheran Church in Dearborn, Michigan. Upon purchasing the 160 acre farm from Forrest’s parents some five or six years later He and Lee became the third generation owners.
Forrest’s ambition was to add enough acreage to expand the farm to include a section (640 acres) of land. Together with his wife and children that goal had been slightly exceeded when the Werner Farm Centennial was celebrated in 1985.
He semi-retired when his eldest son (Keith) and youngest son (Gregg) partnered together to purchase the farm in 1990, together continuing the dairy operation. Gregg occupied the farmhouse, married, and with wife Stacey, had a son Blake who became the fifth generation Werner to occupy the 1912 three story brick farm house.
Forrest looked forward to deer hunting each fall during which time he enjoyed the ‘bon ho mie’ of an assortment of in-laws, nephews, and friends as they made the farm their headquarters in their search for white tail deer.
In all things, Forrest’s main interests were the farm and his family. He was a member of the LeRoy United Methodist Church where he served several terms as Parsonage Treasurer and many years as a Trustee.
He was a Life Member of the Luther-Lake Masonic Lodge #370 where he served twice as Worshipful Master. He was also a Life Member of the LeRoy Area Historical Society.
Throughout his life Mr. Werner was active in local community affairs. He served a term as director of the Osceola Farm Bureau and was Rose Lake Township treasurer several years during which, as a member of the LeRoy/Rose Lake Fire Board, he encouraged the construction of a new Fire Hall and the upgrading of the Volunteer Fire Department’s equipment.
He served as an Osceola County Committeeman on the Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service for fifteen years and was awarded the Osceola Farm Bureau Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award in 1990.
He also served as an Osceola County Road Commissioner for twenty-two years and represented the Osceola County Road Commission as a member of the Osceola Parks Commission.
He is survived by Lee Werner, his wife and partner through thick and thin; children Keith Werner, Steven Werner, Ava Lucas, Sheila (Jack Coleman) Werner; and Gregg (Stacey) Werner; all of LeRoy; grandchildren Ryley, Kyle, and Katie Lucas, Blake Werner, sisters Kathryn (William) Zurakowski, Frances (Donald) Alguire, and sister-in-law Norma Paul, and several well regarded nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Pauline and Karl Aven, sister-in-law and husband Carol and Louis Santo.
A funeral service with committal at Maple Hill Cemetery in LeRoy was held for Forrest Werner at the United Methodist Church in LeRoy at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the LeRoy Area Historical Society or to the United Methodist Church in LeRoy. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at www.pruittlivingston.com