OBITUARY - HARRY BEN WERNER
At a farm located northeast of Arispe, Iowa on August 11, 1910, Frederick David and Alice Marie (HAMPTON) WERNER welcomed
into their family a son whom they named Harry Ben. Siblings anxiously awaiting his arrival were one sister, Ethel Mae
ROSS and two brothers, Arthur Samuel and John Bert (all three are now deceased). Later joining Harry were two brothers,
George William and Keith Marion (both deceased) and one more sister, Hazel Erma ROSS of Shannon City. While living at this
location, Harry attended Crab Creek school. Later the family moved south of Arispe where Harry attended and graduated from
Arispe Consolidated High School in 1928. For the next four years he worked as a farm laborer. In 1932 he and his friends
were in the home of Chris MOHR where he met Edna Anna Amanda MOHR. On July 1, 1933 Harry and Edna were united in marriage
in Grant City, Missouri. Edna preceded Harry in death on May 29, 1992.
It was a challenge to begin their new life together and raise a family during the Depression. To this union were born four
children: two sons, Frederick Leo and Paul Eugene and two daughters, Carol Marie and Sharon Ann.
While living in the Arispe area during the early years of marriage Harry provided for his family by working as a farm
laborer. He changed his occupation from a farm laborer to take the opportunity to engage in farming for himself on a farm
located northwest of Shannon City, Iowa. In 1944 Harry and Edna moved their family from this location to his father's farm
northeast of Shannon City.
Harry had good work ethics and it was here that in order to make sure he provided for his family he worked three jobs.
Farming was his main occupation but he filled in as mechanic at Bill Hoffman's Garage in Shannon City, Iowa and he became
a school bus driver. Harry drove the bus for 35 years for the Shannon City School District and later East Union School
District until he retired. During those 35 years he witnessed many changes - first driving with a team of horses and a
hack, a car, then to a panel bus and finally to the larger passenger buses. Not only did he drive his regular route, he
drove for special school events.
In order to combine his farming occupation with the school bus driving job required punctuality which was one of Harry's
many virtues. In 1956 Harry purchased his own farm two miles north of Tingley, Iowa. In 1976 he retired and moved to Mount
Ayr, Iowa. After moving to town, he found he needed to continue to be active so he worked part-time at Mount Ayr Country
Club helping mow the greens. In order to continue to pursue his love of farming, he worked for his son, Fred. After a
brief illness, he completely retired. In 1997 ill health required him to move into Clearview Nursing Home where he remained
until his death on March 23, 2000 at the age of 89.
Throughout Harry's lifetime, he witnessed many changes - from the light of a lantern and a bucket of water to the landing
of a man on the moon and on to the most modern technology and the turn of a new century. Because of his strong
individuality, he was able to adapt to the many changes that occurred during his lifetime. Some of the many virtues he
was able to pass on to his children were his punctuality, strong work ethics and honesty.
Harry's favorite pastime was watching baseball and basketball. He was proud of all 10 grandchildren and 17
great-grandchildren, whom he enjoyed greatly.
Harry was a hard working husband, father and grandfather and leaves behind to miss him his son, Fred and wife Katherine
of Lamoni, son Paul and wife Dixie of Mesa, Arizona, daughter Carol and husband Cleo ABBOTT of Ankeny, daughter Sharon
and husband Rufus BROWN of Shreveport, Louisana, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one sister, Hazel ROSS of
Shannon City, Iowa.
He will be gone, but never forgotten.
Funeral services were held at the Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on Monday, March 27, 2000
with Rev. Merlin WILKINS officiating. Musicians were Nancy Sackett, Melanie KNAPP and Mary TRULLINGER
Casket bearers were Barry Werner, Chris ABBOTT, Craig ABBOTT, Mike WERNER, Randy WERNER and Kenney WERNER.
Harry was laid to rest in the Oakland Cemetery at Shannon City, Iowa.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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