Raymond Arkel Werner, 78, of Highland, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Faith Countryside Homes/Faith Care Center in Highland.
He was born on Thursday, Jan. 14, 1937, in Clay City, the son of Arthur Henry “Otto” and Edith Idarea (nee Koehler) Werner.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, 1958, he married Cornelia Emma “Connie” Werner (nee Korte), who survives.
Raymond was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus No. 1580, Highland; Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association (Past President 1998-1999) (Surface Water Operator of the Year for Illinois in 1990); and the Collinsville Quail Club.
Mr. Werner was born in Clay City and moved to Highland at age 5. He graduated from Highland High School in 1954 and worked at Hug’s Meat Market. In September of 1960, he started working for the City of Highland. He worked for the City of Highland for 39 years; retiring as the Supervisor of the Water Plant at age 62. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchild. He enjoyed mushroom hunting and his annual trout fishing trips to Montauk State Park, Mo. His foremost hobbies were hunting and fishing. He raised quail for the conservation department and provided for the ducks at Highland Silver Lake. He also raised a large garden of vegetables and flowers, especially iris.
Survivors include his wife, Cornelia E. “Connie” Werner (nee Korte) of Highland; son, Larry R. (significant other, Kathy Huelsmann) Werner of Highland; daughter, Deborah L. (Tom) Zobrist, Highland; son, Garry A. (fiancée, Linda Wiese) Werner of Highland; grandchildren, Eric T. (Nancie) Zobrist of Highland, Justin R. (Tiffany) Zobrist of Highland, Rachel M. Werner of Edwardsville, and Corey A. Werner of Edwardsville; great-grandchild, Norah Lynne Zobrist of Highland; and two sisters, Blanche L. Hediger and Joyce E. Ford, both of Highland.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur H. “Otto” Werner (died Nov. 4, 1982); mother, Edith Idarea Werner (nee Koehler) (died March 18, 2012); and brother-in-law, Loyd Hediger.
Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland with the Rev. Fr. Charles A. Edwards, Pastor, officiating.
Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland.
Memorial contributions may be made to Masses; USC-Norris Cancer Research; Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Paul Education Foundation.