August 19th, 1922 - July 18th, 2013
Werner Lerchenmueller passed away at his home on Hilltop Community, in Bellevue, Wa, on Thursday July 18th from pancreatic cancer. He was with his son Mark, and would have celebrated his 91rst Birthday on this August 19th. Werner fought Lymphatic Leukemia for over seven years with steady, uncomplaining courage. Throughout, he provided unstinting support for his wife Sylvia with her advancing Parkinson condition.
Werner had a very keen intellect, seasoned with an irreverent sense of humor. He was passionate about current events, and regularly felt compelled to make his views known, frequently through letters to the editorial page of the Seattle Times, or writing to a State Senator on someone's behalf, or writing the neighborhood regarding some issue.
Born August 19th, 1922 in Sonthofen, Germany, in southern Bavaria, he immigrated to Seattle, where he spent much of his childhood with his parents Johanes and Margareta, along with his sister, Frieda. Werner graduated from Garfield High School, then joined the Navy, serving in the pacific during World War II. After which, he enrolled in a master's program in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, on the G.I. Bill. Where Werner also met his wife of sixty seven years, Sylvia.
Werner's long career at Boeing Aerospace included such wide ranging projects like the Light-Rail Transportation System in Morgantown, Virginia, to the Bomarc Missile, SRAM short range missile systems, the P3 Orion/ P8 Poseidon ASW, Anti-Submarine Warfare System, and joint projects with NASA, including the IUS, Interial Upper Stage Booster, and the Saturn-Apollo program, along with the design of the Lunar Rovers for the later Apollo Missions.
He and fellow Lunar Rover team members later came back from retirement for the re-construction "mockup" of the Apollo 15 Lunar Rover which is currently part of the permanent exhibit at the Boeing Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Werner is survived by his wife Sylvia, son Mark Lerchenmueller, daughter Jan Maezono, grand-daughter Elisa Maezono, and son-in-law Jorge Maezono.
Werner was very much loved and respected by his Family, along with his many many Friends. As we look at Mount Rainier, or watch the Moon, many of us think of You, Dad.
Remembrances can be made to Mount Rainier National Park. Where, throughout Werner's long life, he enjoyed hiking, picnics, photography, along with where he loved to ski, always feeling closest to God.
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 18, 2013