OBITUARY

Jeffrey Jeff L. Werner

July 21, 1954May 11, 2019

Jeffrey Lee Werner, 64 of Louisville, passed away May 11, 2019. He was born July 21, 1954, in Cincinnati, OH to the late Arthur and Beulah Werner. Jeff spent much of his life as a graphic designer. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister: Jeanette Werner. Left to cherish Jeff’s memories are his beloved wife of 29 years: Elaine Werner; his children: Avery Werner, Nick Johnson (Karen), and Gretchen Johnson (Chad Boggs); his granddaughters: Emily Haas and Natalie Haas; his sisters: Judith Lemke, Judith Davison (Walter Fletcher), and Gloria Riffey (David); his nieces and nephews: Jonathan Lemke (Kara), Nathaniel Lemke, Sarah Funk (Mike), Andrew Riffey (Diana), Brian Davison (Cindy), Larry Davison (Wei), and Alice Davison McDonough (Marty); and his 15 great-nieces and great-nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123. A memorial visitation will be held 1-3 PM Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Funeral Home 4400 Bardstown Rd Louisville, KY 40218.

Services

22 June

Memorial Visitation

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Arch L. Heady at Resthaven

4400 Bardstown Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40218

Memories

Jeffrey Jeff L. Werner

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Wedding Day - April 25, 1990

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Nick and Karen's Wedding - July 29, 2018

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Judy and Nathaniel - 2018

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Jeff and Avery 2018

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Hope Lodge Friends 2018

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Avery and Elaine - April 2019

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Elaine and Gretchen - May 2019

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Family Get Together

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The Johnson / Werner Siblings 2018

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Wedding Day - April 25, 1990

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Nick and Karen's Wedding - July 29, 2018

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Judy and Nathaniel - 2018

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Jeff and Avery 2018

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Hope Lodge Friends 2018

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Avery and Elaine - April 2019

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Elaine and Gretchen - May 2019

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Family Get Together

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The Johnson / Werner Siblings 2018

Biography

Jeffrey L. Werner was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Jeff was born on July 21, 1954 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. His parents were Arthur and Beulah Werner. Jeff was raised in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Werner household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Jeff was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Jeff was raised with two siblings. He had two older sisters, Jeanette (Jeanie) and Judith (Judy). Jeannie passed away as a child. Jeff was constantly involved in church activities with his sister. Jeff and his sister Judy may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Jeff was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Jeff was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Jeff developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Jeff took part in biking. He was a member of a church youth group. In his spare time he liked ham radios and science. Jeff's memorable achievements included honor roll grades. However, what Jeff enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Jeff as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Indian Hill High School in 1972. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was any type of math or science class. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Kincaid. Jeff enjoyed the audio visual club he participated in. Jeff was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Jeff always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Jeff was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Jeff was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Jeff to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Steve Shaffer and friends from his church youth group. Later in life his best friend was his wife Elaine.

      On April 25, 1990 Jeff exchanged wedding vows with Elaine Grassmann at the Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church of Cincinnati, Ohio. Compassionate and devoted to Elaine, Jeff held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Elaine and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Jeff brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Jeff worked on his own schedule and would lose track of time. However he always made it to family events on time. Jeff was blessed with three children, two sons, Nick and Avery, and one daughter, Gretchen. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Emily and Natalie.

      Jeff liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Jeff always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were working in the yard and woodworking. Jeff was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Jeff enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Jeff was the pilot and Elaine was the navigator. Although he did not enjoy planning the vacation, he enjoyed taking them. Favorite vacations included trips to California,Michigan, the East Coast, and all the small town vacations.

      Jeff was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Jeff’s favorites was Brindle, a dog. They were best friends for 11 years. Other dogs that were near and dear to Jeff's heart were his childhood pet, Tiger, and more recently, Spencer (16) and Max (9).

      When Jeff"s retirement finally arrived, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to Louisville, Kentucky. In retirement, he found new pleasure in travel and tractors. Even in retirement, "Jeff" continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances.

      Jeffrey L. Werner passed away on May 11, 2019 at Sam Swope Care Center, Louisville, Kentucky. Jeff fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his spouse Elaine; children, Nick, Gretchen, and Avery; his grandchildren Emily and Natalie; his sister Judy. Services were held at Arch L Heady Resthaven. Jeff was cremated and is at home in Louisville, Kentucky.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Jeffrey L. Werner. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.