Raymond William Werner

Written by Theresa Rose on March 16, 2015

Raymond William Werner, age 92, of Winfield, Iowa, went to be with Jesus on Friday, March 13, 2015, after a brief stay at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. His Celebration of Life will be held at the Open Bible Church, Winfield, Iowa, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service.

Raymond was born in rural Louisa County on April 22, 1922, to George William Werner and Bernice Isetta Van Horn Werner. He married Margaret Marie Boysen in 1942 and together they had two children, Ted and Trudy. Raymond married Ruth Elizabeth Atkinson Masson in 1974. She died in 2009.

Raymond lived in southeast Iowa most of his life. He semi-retired while living in Arkansas for several years, but then moved back to Iowa and again farmed full-time. He was educated in Louisa County and graduated from the Commercial Trades Institute, in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. Raymond purchased farms in 1963 and 1967 and also farmed for others. He won first place in the Iowa Picker/Sheller Contest in 1962. He invented and patented a safety device: PTO Safety Retainer. He was a member of Farm Bureau for over 60 years and was a recruiter for them. From 1983 until his death, he was a salesman for Na-churs Plant Food. He was a charter member of the Flying Farmers of America and held a single engine pilot license. He had been the president of the Louisa County Beef Producers and the Winfield Lion’s Club, a member of the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department, and an Assistant Boy Scout Leader.

Raymond enjoyed carpentry and made many gifts. He also liked to repair furniture and weld. He spent many hours helping the Winfield Historical Society & Museum. Raymond loved his church and Bible study. He volunteered in the Philippines to help build a church. He had been a Deacon of Spring Run Church, rural Columbus Junction, and a board member of the Presbyterian Church and the Open Bible Church in Winfield. Raymond traveled to Europe three times. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing. Raymond was an avid boater and taught over 100 people to water ski; in fact, he had the very first pair of skis on Lake Odessa. He built several cardboard boats that he, his son and grandson raced during Crooked Creek Days in Winfield. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and love of the Lord.

Raymond is survived by his children, Ted (Lori) Werner of Danville and Trudy (Max) Sharp of Marshalltown; five grandchildren, Sarah Sharp, Chantelle (Steven) Schrader, Allison (Sean) Malcolm, Robyn (Rano) Mariotti, and Ross (Kelley) Werner; four great-grandchildren, five step-children, many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, nieces, cousins and their extended families. His golden retriever, Lady, held a special place in his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two sisters, Evelyn Lukins and Marjorie Babbitt.

Memorials have been established for the Winfield First Responders and the Winfield Open Bible Church.