DOVER – William Richard “Bill” Werner, 83, died on Thursday November 10, 2022 at the Country Club Retirement Home in Dover.
He was born on August 8, 1939 in Salem to William Fredrick and Anna Christine Werner.
Bill graduated from Salem High School in 1957. He then enlisted in the US Air Force in 1959. In 1984 Bill joined the United States Air Force Reserve. At the time of his retirement in 2005 from the Air Force, he was a Master Sergeant. He served in Desert Storm, the Somali conflict and received numerous awards. He held an associate’s degree in business management technology from Kent State Salem.
He was a member of the Salem Saxon Club, Salem Masonic Temple, Salem AMVETS, American Legion, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and Two Cylinder Club. He was a hard worker and held various jobs in addition to his military work. He has worked at Mount Union College, Quaker Village, Stambaugh’s, Elks, State Liquor Store, Bliss and Philips Light. For many years, he coached Emmanuel Lutheran Church youth basketball in the church league at the Memorial Building in Salem.
He is survived by his daughter, Heidi Werner (fiancé, Geoff Wray) of Mayflower, Ark.; his son, Richard (Becky) Werner of New Philadelphia; and daughter Ria (Randy) Klinck of Estero, Florida; grandchildren, Izzy Graaf, Bailey Graaf, Sean Graaf, Dakota Graaf, Amelia Werner, Logan Klinck, Chloe Klinck and Mariah Klinck; niece, Ann Kataro and nephew, Steve Kataro; special foster son, Michael Flaata of Columbus; and many nieces, nephews and family members in Doorn, The Netherlands.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Leida Werner; an infant son; brothers, Fred and Art Werner; and his sister, Shirley Kataro.
Friends and family will be received on call from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 251 S. Broadway in Salem. A church service will follow immediately, followed by lunch at AMVETS in Salem after the service.
Interment at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church or the Salem Saxon Club Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements are handled by Stark Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Condolences can be sent to www.starkmemorial.com.