Werner P. Sand, 85
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Dec. 22, 1927 - Dec. 11, 2013
Requiem High Mass of Catholic Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Traditional Catholic Church (313 28th Avenue North, St. Cloud) for Werner P. Sand, age 85 of Avon who passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the St. Cloud Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Reverend Brendan Hughes, CMRI will officiate. Burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls with military honors at 2:00 p.m. on Monday.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday (TODAY) and after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Parish rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday (TODAY) at the funeral home in St. Joseph.
Werner was born December 22, 1927 in Freeport, Minnesota to Leo and Catherine (Thull) Sand. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Werner married Eileen M. Roering on August 24, 1955 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The couple farmed in St. Wendel Township until Werner's retirement in 2011. He was a past member of the Holdingford School Board. He won the Busy Beaver Award in 1972 and the Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1978 by the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District. Werner was a member of the St. Joseph American Legion Post #328 and the Immaculate Conception Parish.
Werner enjoyed farming; he loved his family and enjoyed his grandchildren. While in the Army he marched in the Audie Murphy movie "To Hell and Back". Werner proudly served and loved his country dearly.
Werner is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eileen; sons, Mark (Brenda) of Avon, Roger of Avon and Keith (Joni) of Avon; daughters, Cheryl (Steven) Bloch of St. Cloud, Brenda Mae (Clarence) Kelley of Nashville, Tennessee and Amy (Mitchell) Tongen of St. Cloud; 15 grandchildren, Brandon, Bryan, Brittany, Blake, Matthew, Jesse, Travis, Luke, Mitch, Morgan, Trent, Adam, Alex, Ashley and Bradley; four great grandchildren, Noah, Jordyn, Britton and Savannah; brothers, Maynard (Mel) of Avon, Bert (Lorraine) of Freeport, Jerome (Donna) of Freeport and Syl of St. Cloud; sisters, Joan Otto of New Munich, Marlene (Maurie) Benkowski of Morris, Flo (Ray) Mayers of Conrad, Montana and Jean (Clarence) Enneking of Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ed and Ervin; sisters, Lucy Sand and Pauline Kruschek.
Werner's family would like to thank the staff of Building 50-1 at the St. Cloud Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center for their excellent care.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Dec. 13, 2013