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Howard Raymond Wernsman

February 12, 1940 ~ June 10, 2019 (age 79)


Howard R. Wernsman, 79, of Metamora, IL passed away at 11:18 pm on Monday, June 10, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  He was born on February 12, 1940 in Germantown Hills, IL to George and Minnie (Brunk) Wernsman.  He married Nancy Colson on January 8, 1991.  She survives.

Also surviving are his daughter Kim (Ben) Elbert of Morton; son Kevin (Beth) Wernsman of Germantown Hills; step-children Carla (Rich) McNamee of Mt. Pleasant, IA, Connie (Chris) Berry of Waco, TX, Kim (Rick) Ireton of East Peoria, and Dan Kath of Peoria; fourteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Barb Gullett of Congerville.  He was preceded in death by his parents, stepson Tim Kath, daughter-in-law Carole Wernsman, brother Milton Wernsman, and brother-in-law Jerry Gullett.

Howard was a U.S. Navy Veteran.  He was a heavy equipment operator for Local 649 in Peoria, last working for the State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Howard enjoyed hunting the outdoors, raising hunting dogs, and collecting antique tractors.  He especially loved spending time with his children and grandkids.

Cremation rites have been accorded.  No services will be held.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the American Heart Association Central Illinois Chapter, 2141 West White Oaks Drive, Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704.  Online condolences at


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