Herman Frederick Werle (known as "Junior") was born in Emmett, Idaho, on March 27, 1942, to Herman Carl and Pauline Werle. He passed away peacefully on June 14, 2013, in Boise, Idaho.
Herman grew up on the ranch that his grandfather, Herman Werle, Sr. homesteaded in 1898. While in high school, he started working for the Emmett Salesyard. He married Carol Croner of Fruitland, Idaho, in 1962 and together they had three boys. They later divorced.
Herman married Marsha Dunham of Grover City, Calif., in 1969. Together they had two girls.
As a deckman at the Boise Cascade Sawmill for 10 years, he also worked the home ranch with his father. Herman increased his cattle and sheep operation in 1971 but decided to go to work at the Boise Valley Packing Company in Eagle in 1973. There he was a salesman-driver for 14 years until the plant closed its doors. He went back to ranching full time.
He loved trees, mountains and his animals. His interests varied from history to space to Native Americans to the wilderness.
His parents, a cousin, aunts and uncle preceded him in death.
Survivors include his uncles, Charlie Gebert of Wilder and George Gebert of Parma; sisters, Barbara (Larry) Xavier of California and Paulette Wood of Nevada; his spouse, Marsha of Emmett; his sons, Vincent of Mississippi, Roderick (Jan) of Boise and Eric of Nampa, Idaho; his daughters, Tomi of Emmett and Lee of Emmett; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family's thanks go to Black Canyon Family Medicine of Emmett, Horizon Home Health of Emmett, the Elk's Wound Center of Meridian, Capitol Care and Rehabilitation Center of Boise and First Choice Hospice of Boise.
Donations may be made to the Gem County Museum or to the
Services will be held grave side at the Emmett Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Viewing will take place at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett on Wednesday between 3 and 8 p.m.