WEST SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania – Raymond W. Werger, age 81, of Coal Hill Road, West Salem Township, passed away Thursday afternoon, August 3, 2017 in his residence.
He was born in Greenville on May 16, 1936 to Arthur F. and Carrie S. (Kirkner) Werger.
He attended Penn High School and was a graduate of Jamestown High School.
Ray was employed for 31 years as a carman at the Bessemer & Lake Erie R.R. and had also been a farmer in West Salem Township for over 45 years.
Ray attended Big Bend United Methodist Church, Mercer and was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
Ray was an avid coon hunter and had been a member of the Mercer County Coon Hunters Association. He also enjoyed reading, working on puzzles and collecting antique tractors.
On November 9, 1973 he married the former Joanne L. Struble, she survives at home. Also surviving are three daughters, Anita M. Woods and her husband, Blaine of Greenville, Diana L. Lazzar and her husband, David of Clarks Mills and Lisa L. Hernandez and her husband, Gerardo of Greenville; a son, Arthur L. Werger and his wife, Lucy of Greenville; a brother, Robert Werger and his wife, Shirley of Jamestown; eight grandchildren, David Woods, Wyatt Lazzar, Hoyt Lazzar, Garin Hernandez, Gerardo Hernandez, Raya Hernandez, Maddox Werger and Lyla Werger and a niece, Carol Sue Jones and her husband, Jim.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Zayden Hernandez.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Salem V.F.D., 625 Vernon Road, Greenville, PA 16125 or Big Bend United Methodist Church, 2665 Valley Road, Mercer, PA 16137.
Calling hours will be Monday, August 7, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main Street in Greenville.
Funeral Service will be Tuesday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, Rev. Tina Keler, officiating Pastor of Big Bend United Methodist Church.
Burial with committal prayers will be private in Shenango Valley Cemetery in Greenville.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, August 8 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.