Longtime Seward resident, George H. Werner, 76, died at his home on Sunday, August 11, 2013 of natural causes. George was born in Everett, Washington to George and Evelyn Werner. He moved to Seward as a child and attended Seward schools. He joined the military at age 18 and served in the 82nd Airborne, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
George worked for the Division of Marine Transportation, the M/V Tustumena, as an AB Seaman for 24 years. He was presently employed summers for the Seward Army Resort.
George had a quick smile, was a lifelong hunter and fisherman, and was known for his delicious smoked salmon. He enjoyed sharing his salmon with family, and many Seward residents. He had the reputation of showing up at your front door with a duck or package of smoked salmon. His children and grandchildren looked forward to the annual package of salmon that came every summer for over 40 years. George was very proud of his children and grandchildren and bragged about them often.
George is survived by his wife, Christine; his oldest son, Ken Werner (daughter-in-law Stacie, and grandsons Samuel and Stephen) of Seward; daughter Cheryl Betschart (son-in-law Dan and grandsons Joshua and Jordan) of Oregon; and son Tony Werner (daughter-in-law Shannon and grandchildren Cody, Courtney, Kennedy, and Kameron) of Washington; Sisters Lillian Hoiby and Leone Gacke of Washington, and Peggy O’Neil of California; and many nieces and nephews.