LEON JOHN WERNER, 'RED BONE' BELVIDERE - Leon John Werner, "Red Bone" passed away in his sleep Oct. 9, 2013. He was born Sept. 18, 1951, to parents, John and Clara Werner. He was raised and schooled in Iowa, moving to Belvidere in 1969. He met his loving wife, Amanda in 1971, married July 1, 1972, and was married 42 years. Worked for Chrysler for 32 years, retiring in 2002. His goal was to draw his pension for as long as he worked. He loved life every day of his retirement. Every day that he could golf, or read a book, or walk his dog, Magie, he would be in his glory. Most of all, every day that he could spend with his grandchildren. He loved his sons, but his grandkids where what made life worth living. He would not miss a softball game or a basketball game or a volleyball game. There wasn't a thing out there that would stop him from attending anything that involved his grandchildren. He also loved his sports, anything that involved a ball or bat or a club. He loved to read lots of books and every newspaper that he could get his hands on, he read every word. He fell asleep every night to either Sports Center or the History channel. Sometime during the course of a day he got his nap. He said that if it was good for Albert Einstein it was good for him. He loved to play jokes on his grandkids and to sing to them (could not carry a tune) his favorite song, Iron Butterfly In A Gadda Da Vida. He would ask them if they wanted to hear him sing and they would say all together in a very loud NO, please no. His family was the most important thing in his life. He was always there for his family here and in Iowa. He was the rock, the one to hold everything and everyone together. He was the man everyone called to do things. He was there for every spider and bat. Every winter he took care of the whole neighborhoods sidewalks. He would get behind that snow blower and set out to clear it all. He is going to be so missed by everyone. He left behind his loving wife, Amanda; his loving sons, Michael Werner, Denver, Leon (Dawn) Werner Jr., Cherry Valley; 4 grandchildren that he adored, Ashlee, Arika, Noah, and Haven; 4 sisters, Betty (Vince) Herman, Ruth (John) Jager, Rosie (Dave) Salow, Theresa (Milt) Wetter; 1 brother, Joseph (Carmen) Werner; mother-in-law, Betty Cutshaw; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, great- nieces and nephews. The mother of 3 of our grandchildren, Jill Humphrey and her husband, James, and lots of very good friends. He was preceded in death by both of his parents; father- in-law; 4 brothers-in-law; grandparents; and lots of aunts and uncles; and a very good friend, Jerry Hoopengarner. Per his wishes, there will be a celebration of his life with an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Swan Hills Golf Course, 2600 Gustafson Rd., Belvidere, IL. Please come in casual attire, Leon was a blue jean and shirt kind of guy. Come join his family in fond memories of a great Husband, Father, Papa, Brother, Uncle and Friend. That will make his life forever remembered.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2013