Jerry D. Werline, age 74, life long resident of Elwood, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis following an extended illness. Jerry was born in Elwood on October 2, 1945, to the late Conard and Hilda (Henderson) Werline.
He attended St. Joseph Catholic School and graduated from Wendell L. Willkie High School in 1964. On October 23, 1965 he married his high school sweetheart Grace Hevron and they shared 54 years of marriage together.
Jerry served his country in the United States Army from 1965-1967, during the Vietnam War. He attended Devry University and retired from General Motors where he had worked for more than 27 years. Jerry was honored to serve as the Mayor for the City of Elwood from 1995-2000. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, served on the Elwood City Council, the Park Board and the Elwood Board of Works. He was also a Past President of the Kiwanis Club, a member of the Elwood Elks Lodge, the Geneology Society, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Jerry enjoyed playing golf with friends and family. He was a die-hard Cubs fan and a fan of Notre Dame sports. He enjoyed having coffee every Friday morning with the "Park Rangers". He loved and was very proud of his family and had fond memories of spending a week in the Georgia mountains with them. Jerry was very patriotic and would put up over 200 American flags in his neighborhood for Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day. He enjoyed going on adventures with Grace to historic sites around Indiana and Ohio. Jerry was always ready to help his neighbors or those in need. On March 30th our community lost a man who was proud to be an American, a man who loved God, family, friends and our city. He was proud.
Jerry leaves a legacy in his loving family including his wife of more than 54 years, Grace Werline of Elwood, children, Kimberly and husband Patrick Burke of Florida and Kevin and wife Holly Werline of Georgia. Jerry was called Old Reliable by his grandchildren, Thomas, Joseph, Maria and Lucy Burke of Florida, and Matthew Jones of Georgia, 2 sisters, Jean and husband Leo Conwell, Susie and husband David Hoffer, sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Phil Morgan, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Hilda Werline, father and mother-in-law, Frank and Catherine Hevron, brothers, Charles "Sonny" Werline, James Werline, and Jack Werline, sisters, Anna Kelich and Barbara Fish, 2 infant brothers, David and Conrad, a nephew, Danny Fish and step-father, Maurice Ewing.
Out of respect for personal and public safety private family services will be held on Friday April 3, 2020, at Dunnichay Funeral Home with Father Dan Duff officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery with full military honors by the US Army.
The funeral procession will be passing the Elwood City building in honor of our former Mayor at approximately 11:45 AM Friday. Jerry's family request that you fly an American Flag in your yards on Friday in memory of former Mayor Jerry Werline.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jerry to the George Morrisett Center Food Pantry.
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