Dr. William E. Werner Jr., 91
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Dr. William E. “Bill” Werner Jr., 91, of Carlinville passed away Sunday morning, April 16, 2017, at Cedarhurst in Edwardsville.
Bill was born June 30, 1925, in Mt. Marion, N.Y., the only son of William E. and Mabel (Bogart) Werner Sr.
Bill graduated from Saugerties High School in New York with the class of 1942.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943-46. Bill was a Private First Class serving in the glider and infantry division. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge, Ardennes and several European Theatres.
Soon after serving his country, Bill married Grace Gray on Sept. 6, 1947, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and enjoyed 65 years of marriage before her death on Dec. 7, 2012.
Bill attended New York State College for Teachers and received his bachelor of arts degree in 1950 and master’s degree in 1951. Bill received his Ph.D. in 1954 from Cornell University. Bill taught and was chairman of the biology department at Blackburn College in Carlinville from 1954-89.
His publications include Field Biology and Ecology in 1958 (with revisions in 1965 and 1973), Life Lore of Illinois Wildflowers in 1988, and he was best known for his weekly publications in the local newspapers called “Macoupin Naturalist” from 1977 to 2010.
His memberships include Federated Church and Carlinville Lions Club, where had served as president.
Bill’s hobbies included birding, travel, photography, singing, playing bridge and he was a great cook. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, teaching them about nature and the outdoors.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister, Marion Frisenda.
Visitation was held Wednesday, April 19, from 4-7 p.m. at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 20, at the Federated Church in Carlinville. Burial will follow in Moore Cemetery, where Guy Baird American Legion Post #554 will provide military rites.
Bill is survived by a son, James N. Werner of Port Charlotte, Fla.; daughter, Mary L. (Lynn) Loveless of Carlinville; grandsons, Kenneth (Laurie) Loveless of San Francisco, Calif., and Barrett (Ely) Loveless of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; granddaughters, Genevieve (Joe) Werner-Hann of Seattle, Wash., and Alison (Brandon) Reiher of Carlinville; great-grandsons, Cooper and Chase Loveless and Finn Reiher; and great-granddaughters, Evelyn and Audrey Hann.
Memorials may be made to the Carlinville Lions Club or Blackburn Biology Department.
Visit davisandersonfuneralhome.com to leave condolences or light a candle in memory.
Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, was in charge of arrangements.