Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX


John C. Werner

January 21, 1936February 8, 2020
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On Saturday, February 8, 2020, Johnnie Clayton Werner, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 84.

John was born on January 21, 1936, in Houston, TX, to James Werner and Ella Mae Reagan. He was raised in Houston and graduated from Reagan high school and then went on to the University of Houston for his undergraduate degree. He continued on at the University of Houston where he attained his law degree on June 4, 1965, and then practiced law for over 40 years. John, along with his friend Dan Matthews, started the Law Review at the University of Houston and was also a member of the Order of the Barons, an honors organization for law students. On July 3, 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Ruth Rodriguez. They raised three children, two daughters and one son, Rebecca, John and Linda. He was preceded in death by Betty Ruth on March 4, 1983. After Betty Ruth’s death he married Brenda Louviere and two more children were added to the family, one daughter and one son, Tara and Ryan.

John was passionate about his family and friends. One of his greatest joys was having them all together at his home. He loved hunting, fishing, golf and a good party; and for a period of time he loved playing “cowboy”, raising Red Brangus cattle on Dogwood Creek Ranch in Flatonia, TX. John was known for telling jokes and his big infectious belly laugh, for being a straight shooter and a fierce advocate for “doing the right thing” (his way of course).

John is survived by his wife Brenda, her two children, Tara Bennett (husband Frank) and Ryan Louviere; his children Rebecca Gross (husband George), John Werner (wife Lesley) and Linda Gammill (husband Brian); his brother James Werner and his eleven grandchildren, Connor, Reagan, Cade, Wilson, Grace, Bryce, Clayton, Claire, Gray, Julian and Aiden. And his beloved dog, Brody.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the funeral service will be held on Friday, February 14 at 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Cemetery located at 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Houston Junior Women’s Club at P.O Box 19684, Houston, TX 77224-9684. Https://houstonjuniorwomensclub.org

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialoaksfunerals.com for the Werner family.


  • Frank Bennett, Active Pallbearer
  • Cade Bennett, Active Pallbearer
  • Brian Gammill, Active Pallbearer
  • Connor Gross, Active Pallbearer
  • George Gross , Active Pallbearer
  • Ryan Louviere, Active Pallbearer
  • Clayton Werner, Active Pallbearer
  • Wilson Werner, Active Pallbearer
  • Tina Cabello, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Don Harvey , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jack Key , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Carl Poe , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Charlie Pulido , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bob Sherman , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Larry Snyder , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joe Paul Wright , Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation with Family & Friends Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, February 14, 2020


John C. Werner

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John Semander

February 15, 2020

John (Bubba), James (Jimmy), lived just a few houses down from where I lived as a young boy. We grew up running around together in the Woodland Heights area and attended Reagan High School. I was invited to attend the Wednesday, Reagan Breakfast at Yale Pharmacy where John and I re-kindled our friendship from many years ago and recounted many treasured memories from the past. In my many years of knowing the Werner Family it has been a genuine blessing! I will miss “Bubba” immensely!

With All Sincerity,
John Semander

Jack and Carol Holt

February 15, 2020

John was a wonderful person and a great friend. We got to know John through Wagon 6, the Salt Grass Trail Ride and many other Dalton Gang (Werner, Demny, Pulido) adventures. He was a great story teller and his big belly laugh was unforgettable. He will be missed by many here on earth but we know he is with the Lord now and forever.

Condolences to Brenda, Becky, Bubba and the rest of the family.

Don and Judy Ray

February 13, 2020

John was such a great person. Judy and I enjoyed each time we got to share good times, mostly at one of the great parties John and Brenda hosted. John was the consummate host, always pointing you toward the food and reminding you where the bar was. He was so much fun to talk with and he always had a joke to fit any occasion. He will be missed by a whole lot of people he called friends. Wish we had the ability to have more time with him than we did. May you rest in peace, John.

Billy Cummins

February 13, 2020

John was a good friend, fishing and hunting buddy and GOOD MAN. We had many good times together and I'll always remember those. I consider it an honor to have been his friend and I will miss him.

Pat/Merv Schaefer

February 13, 2020

What a sweet , generous man. We will miss his smile, jokes, caring & great party fun.
Love & Condolences to you Brenda and your whole family,
Pat & Merv❤️

Joe Paul Wright

February 13, 2020

We have been friends since 1952. Our families grew together. We got to do it all over these many years I loved him like a brother. Will miss his smile and .calls

Doug Calvin

February 13, 2020

Lynn and I only knew John from riding with him on the Salt Grass Trail Ride, and a few other occasions surrounding the ride, but we felt like we'd known him forever. The "Dalton Gang" has lost a founding member!!!!!!!!

He was quiet, but confident. Always smiling, and willing to share some conversation. He will be missed by all that knew him. Our condolences to the family and friends.

sabra booth

February 13, 2020

I think of you and John often, and always say a quick prayer for both of you.
God will be with you all during this time of loss and all others.

lou rivera

February 12, 2020

I met John in early 2000s, he was always a happy go lucky person, guess I was fortunate enough to never see him in a bad mood.. well, only when one of his domino playing mates out-bidded him. (smile)

We love him and will miss him greatly; although he has left many loved ones behind, he will now continue his eternal journey to join the Lord. He will reconnect in Heaven, rest & relax with many of his earlier friends and loved ones.

Thanks John for all the great memories.. love you & miss you.
Roe & Lou Rivera

Jane Tucker

February 12, 2020

So many found memories of Mr. John Werner growing up. He was like a father to me and the earth has just lost a powerful, kind and loving soul. But I am at peace now knowing he is with our Father.