Theodore (Ted) Werner, 88, died of pneumonia March 18, 1998 in Bountiful, Utah.
He was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota July 21, 1909 to Theodore Werner Issajeff and Mary Agnes Cornwall. He had an 8th grade education taught mostly at home by his mother, a teacher. From age 12 he helped support his family by trapping, hunting and fishing in northern Minnesota. In his early teens he moved with his family to Florida then on to California where he did gardening and chauffeured for Heather Angel and other movie stars. He later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to work with a friend selling cars. He was also one of three park rangers at Lake Mead, Nevada for a short time. Ted helped build the Shell Oil Co. Service Station in Las Vegas, later building his own service station and adding a tire shop for retreading tires during World War II. He was also a car dealer having the Lincoln-Mercury and the Packard-Jeep-Lark Dealerships. He was elected to the water board in Las Vegas without running a campaign. In 1937 he met Afton Thornton in Las Vegas and they were married Dec. 17, 1937 in her hometown of Parowan, UT. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple, Nov. 18, 1939. Besides being a successful businessman in Las Vegas, Ted was also an avid Scouter, receiving the Silver Beaver. It was the highest award for service to scouting at the time. He attended a National Scout Jamboree in Colorado. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Lion's Club. He received his pilot's license and flew rescue missions for cattle in Nevada, logging over 3,000 hours in the air for business and pleasure. After retiring from business he worked for the Yellowstone Park driving bus tours, sharing with others his love for nature.Ted has been a faithful member of the LDS Church, serving in two bishoprics and as manager of the LDS Church Welfare Farm in Las Vegas for several years. He loved to fish and hunt and was plumber, carpenter, electrician, chauffeur and mechanic for family and friends wherever he went, always carrying his handy red tool box so he could fix whatever needed fixing. Ted loved to travel and visit family with his wife. They served a mission to Independence, Missouri. They were also temple workers at the St. George Temple. He was dearly loved and will be missed greatly by family and all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Afton, of Bountiful; son, T. Bryant Werner, Magna, UT; daughters, H. Louise (Ray) Westergard, Bountiful, UT; A. Linda (Dick) Smith, Portland, OR, 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Erica (Paul) Gannaway, Lebanon, OR, Nadine (John) Jordan, Sacramento, CA. Preceded in death by brother, Don Werner, Silver City, NM.
Special thanks for the care given by the wonderful people at Rocky Mt. Care, Bountiful.
Funeral services, under the direction of Russon Brothers Mortuary, will be held Monday, Mar. 23, 1998 at 12 noon at the Bountiful 26th Ward, 300 N. 200 W., Bountiful, UT. Viewing at the church from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
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