Herbert H. Werst

Funeral services for Herbert H. Werst, 88 of Lawrence will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday February 10th at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away Sunday, February 5th at Presbyterian Manor.

Herbert was born November 9th, 1928 in Lawrence Kansas. He was the son of Benjamin Franklin Werst & Melissa Belle Hittle.

He served in his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Indian Hills Church of God.

Herb was self-employed and owner of Countryside Floors for over 30 years and did numerous gym floors and residential properties all around Lawrence and surrounding areas. He continued to do small jobs up until 2 years ago. He was an avid hunter and loved wildlife and being outdoors.

He married Juanita Bushnell. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his children, Carolee Meseraull (Clay); Lawrence, KS, Brenda Schneck (Steven Gregory) Lake Worth, Florida, Audie Scott Werst; (Dianne); Denton, Texas, Penny Wingert; Lawrence, KS, Darren Werst (Carrie) Eudora KS and Cynthia Leary (Steve) Lawrence, KS. He has 13 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. His sisters, Nancy Prock, Mt. Grove, Missouri, Sarah Mullin, Topeka, KS, Miriam Francis Barnhart, Yakima Valley, Washington. He was preceded in death by 13 siblings.

The family will greet friends from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9th at the mortuary.

Memorial may be made in his name to Visiting Nursing Hospice and may be sent in care of Warren McElwain Mortuary.

8 Condolences

  1. Michele Garrett Simpson on February 7, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Brenda & family, I’m sorry for your loss.

  2. Margaret Ann Bruce on February 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss Werst family. Sending thoughts and prayers for healing.

  3. Jim Imhausen on February 8, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Herb Werst was a pleasure to experience. He always brightened up family gatherings and individual interactions. He loved children and always gave them something unusual to remember. On the other hand, he wasn’t afraid of anyone or anything. He told me a few years ago of a situation where two adolescent boys threatened him in a parking lot, calling him “Old Man”. His response: “Don’t let that bother you!”. I am privileged with fond memories of vacation times and reunions with him and Aunt Juanita over the last forty-two years. Condolences and prayers, Aunt Juanita, Carolee and all.
    Jim Imhausen, husband of Kathy Prock

  4. Sarah T on February 8, 2017 at 9:23 am

    What a wonderful legacy he leaves behind in the lives of all he touched and the family who continue to cherish his memories. Thinking of you.

  5. Lucy Walker on February 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Uncle Herb always tried to look at the bright side of life, even when things didn’t go like he wanted them to. The first time I remember him was when Audie was just learning to walk; that night we laughed at Uncle Herb’s funny stories he shared with us about when he was a DJ on the radio! A few years ago he told me one of his fondest memories was having all his kids piled up in the bed with him on a Sunday morning; he’d be tickling them while they wrestled with him – he loved to hear them laughing! All in all he always tried to encourage others and “leave a lot of happy tracks” wherever he went! It was normal for him to tease us, grin real big, and do a little dance! There was a serious side to him to; he was a very thoughtful person who really cared deeply … diligently giving his best at whatever he was doing. I look forward to seeing him in heaven and thanking him for helping me learn to laugh, work hard, and never give up!

  6. George Pisani on February 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Like others, I’m so sorry for your loss. Herb was a great craftsman as well as a genuinely fine fellow. MANY years ago (1980s) he was highly recommended to me to do the ancient fir floors in my home. He did an outstanding job and thereafter did ones in my little rental next door. From time to time in the intervening years we’d meet in a store or such and he always remembered who I was and we’d have a nice chat to catch up.

    Carolee, I never realized Herb was your Dad until reading it in LJW– again, so very sorry. I’ll remember Herb and the family in my prayers.

  7. Connie Hey on February 9, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Carolee, Brenda and families,

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of
    you. You will always have wonderful memories
    of your dad.

    Connie Hey

  8. Ray Pfeifer and sons Matt and Zach on February 10, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Herb several years ago and my sons and I have hunted with him several times since. He was always a pleasure to be with; quick to smile, a wonderful story teller and always had more than a joke or two. I liked the way he would always pull the boys into his conversations and stories. It is difficult to find good role models at times, but I am glad my sons were able to know such a wonderful person. Good hunting Herb. To the Juanita and the Wert family, our deepest condolences.

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