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L. Ray Werner

d. November 7, 2015


No visitation will be held.


Private graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015 in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Officiating: Rev. Joel Montgomery.
Interment: Interment of his cremains will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Leslie Ray Werner passed away at 8:44 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He was a 1940 graduate of Vandalia High School and has lived all his life in Vandalia. Ray served his country during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre for three years. Upon his return to Vandalia, worked for Stotler Cleaners, Kroger and the Tomboy Grocery Store. He then began working in 1952 at Harbison Walker Refractories and was the maintenance department supervisor until his retirement in October 1981. Ray was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia where he sang in the choir and served as an elder and deacon. He was also a member of the Vandalia Country Club where he enjoyed golfing. Ray also enjoyed watching Cardinal baseball, hunting, fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Born: August 29, 1922 in Vandalia, Missouri the son of Oscar Leslie and Mabel Catherine (Galloway) Werner.

Married: Wanda Louise Evans on November 3, 1946 at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia; she preceded him in death on February 17, 2013.

Survivors include: one son, Leslie E. and wife, Kelly Werner of Sturgeon; three daughters: Cathy L. and husband, Jerry Potts of Montreal, Missouri; Janis R. and husband, Tom Biesemeyer of Sturgeon and Lydia A. Neill of Sturgeon; one sister, Wynona Walters of Centennial, Colorado; two grandchildren: Christa and husband, Anthony Westhusing of Linn Creek, Missouri; Brad and wife, Staci Potts of Camdenton; four great-grandchildren: Ella Westhusing, Sophia Westhusing, Blake Potts and Brinley Potts; also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by: parents; two sisters: Katherine Bybee and Virginia Maiden; one grandson, Brian Neill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

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