March 14, 1923 – September 21, 2017
YORK – James Harold Werner died on September 21, 2017 at Normandie Ridge, York, PA. James was born in York, PA on March 14, 1923 and was one of 17 children of the late Sylvester and Flora Belle (Mann) Werner. He was the husband of Fae A. (Bixler) Werner to whom he was married for 70 years.
He retired from the Apollo Ad Services, York, PA. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Manchester, PA for over 60 years, and also served as the church Financial Secretary for over 50 years. He was a member of the church choir and men’s chorus for many years.
James was a U.S. Army Air Corps WWII veteran, having served as a Sergeant in the 47 th Fighter Group. James served as an airplane and engine mechanic in England, France, and Belgium. He was awarded The French Jubilee of Liberty Medal for his participation in the Battle of Normandy.
James was preceded in death by 9 sisters and 6 brothers. He is survived by two sons, Craig M. Werner and wife Janet of Manchester, PA and Dennis J. Werner and wife Georgina, of Raleigh, NC, 4 grandchildren, Christopher Werner, Dover, PA, Kimberly Baeli, Newton, NJ, Beatrice Werner, Centennial, CO, and Sarah Konradi, Centennial, CO, 4 great grandchildren, Emma Werner, Dover, PA, Ava Werner, Dover, PA, Briella Baeli, Newton, NJ, Kira Baeli, Newton, NJ, Wilder Elsaesser, Centennial, CO and Gisele
Konradi, Centennial, CO, and 1 sister, Janet Harry, York, PA..
Burial will be private at Manchester Union Cemetery with military honors. The Diehl Funeral Homes and Cremation Center of Mount Wolf Wolf has been entrusted with the arrangements.
We will all remember James as a kind, gracious, and gentle person. In spite of his serious health issues in his later years, he never complained and always maintained a positive spirit. James derived happiness and satisfaction from the simple joys of life: helping and visiting family, spending time with his grandchildren, working in his yard, taking drives in the country, and sitting on his patio enjoying a summer evening. He
lived a good life.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4360 Board Road, Manchester, PA 17345.