Donald Lee Werner, MD, 87, of Virginia, Minnesota, and formerly of Aurora, Minnesota, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Virginia.
He was born May 21, 1930, in Randolph, Wisconsin, the son of Archie R. and Louise M. (Fehr) Werner. Don graduated from high school in Randolph in 1948 and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he earned his medical degree in 1955. He married Elva A. Smith June 19, 1955, in Endeavor, Wisconsin. Don was a battle group surgeon with the 9th Infantry Regiment in Fairbanks, Alaska, from 1956 to 1958, with the 130th Field Artillery Battalion of the Wisconsin National Guard from 1958 to 1960, the U.S. Army reserve from 1960 to 1962 and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve with the Department of Defense from 1995 to present. Dr. Werner began his medical career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin. In 1960 he moved to Aurora, Minnesota, where he practiced at the East Range Clinics in Aurora, Virginia and Eveleth from 1960 to 1992. He was an active member of Peace United Methodist Church, Phi Chi Medical Fraternity and general chairman of the Mining Section National Safety Council from 1975 to 1996.
Don is survived by his wife, Elva; children, Sara L. (Thomas) Thompson of Hockessin, Delaware, Mark D. (Debbie ) Werner of New Braunfels, Texas, and Ross R. (Nancy) Werner of Elk River, Minnesota; sisters, Christa L. (Stephen) Slinger of Randolph, Wisconsin, and Nancy A. Masche of Pewaukee, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Amanda (Andrew) Bird, Robert Thompson, Luke Werner, Katelyn (Spencer) Le, Nicholas Werner and Alexandra Werner; and extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Peace United Methodist Church in Virginia. The Rev. Mickey Olson officiated. A gathering time for family and friends was held at the church.
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