James Alfred “Jim” Werhan

Monday, October 23, 2017 4:36 pm

James Alfred “Jim” Werhan, 79, of West Union, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse, Wis. Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union. There also was a one-hour visitation before the service at the funeral home Saturday. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union, with Rev. Dale Rausch officiating. Burial followed at Lima Cemetery, rural Fayette, Iowa with military rites. Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union, Iowa helped the family with arrangements.

James Alfred was born Aug. 27, 1938, to Alfred and Eleanor (Bergan) Werhan in Cresco. He attended Holy Name Parochial School and graduated from West Union High School, where he was chosen as homecoming king. After graduation, Jim joined and proudly served in the United States Army.

Jim was united in marriage with Sherryl “Sherry” Keig April 20, 1963, at Holy Name Catholic Church, West Union. Two children were born to this union. He was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church. Jim farmed near Lima, worked at Ken’s Conoco in West Union and was a “vault guy” for over 47 years, for Reyner Vault and Wilbert Vault. In his spare time, Jim coached Little League Baseball, was a leader for Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scout Troop 54 for several years. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Green Bay Packers.

Jim is survived by his two children, Kelly (Taina) Werhan of Riverview, Fla. and Karla (Mike) Snyder of West Union; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Ann (Duane) Moen of Decorah and Mary Wilbur of Decorah; and one brother, Robert “Pat” Werhan of West Union.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry; parents, Alfred and Eleanor Werhan; one grandson, Craig; three brothers: John, Charles and David Werhan; sister, Ruth Werhan; parents-in-law, Ralph and Lena Keig; brothers-in-law, Ralph Keig Jr. and Harold Wilbur; and one sister-in-law, Katherine Keig.

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