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Vernon Werner

Funeral service for Vernon Louis Werner of Jackson, was held Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Ford and Sons Funeral Chapel in Jackson. The Rev. Joshua Schmidt officiated. Entombment was private at Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum in Cape Girardeau.

Vernon, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, at his home. He was born August 21, 1933, in Cape Girardeau to Paul and Clara Kester Werner.

He was confirmed into the Kingdom of God, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he remained a member.

He and LaWanda Heise were married Sept. 14, 1952, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson.

Vernon graduated from Jackson High School in 1951 and attended Southeast Missouri State University and Purdue University. His high school friends knew him by the name “Sonny”, but later he acquired “Dutch”, which remained with him.

He was an avid Mizzou football fan, holding season tickets and attending the games with his close buddy, Carl Curry, who preceded him in death in 2010.

Vernon served on the Cape County Bank Board, Capitol Bank Board and Union Planters Bank Board. He was a charter member of Jackson Jaycees, a former member of the Optimist Club and a charter member of Kimbeland Country Club, where he enjoyed many friendships with his golfing buddies.

Vernon proudly served his country in the United States Army, during the Korean War and remained a 50 year plus member of the American Legion Post 158.

Vernon “Dutch” was founder of Vernon L. Werner Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, now Dutch Enterprises, Inc. of Jackson. He started his business in 1961 with one truck, faith in his God and lots of determination. He retired in 1996, but still had his office and enjoyed spending time there.

Survivors include his wife, LaWanda Werner of Jackson, two sons, Randolph Vernon (Terry) Werner and Mark Werner, both of Jackson, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Werner Janet (Robert) of Kansas City, MO, grandchildren, Whitney Jean Werner Embick (Adam) of Columbia, IL, Kylie Brooke Werner Robert (Carrie), Jordan Michael Janet (Megan), Clayton Louis Werner of Jackson, Taylor Elizabeth Janet of St. Louis, Tanner Randolph Werner (Robyn) and Dakota Leigh Werner of St. Louis, and Ali Brooke Janet of Kansas City, MO, great-grandchildren, Mason Gregory and Nolan Randolph Embick of Columbia, IL, Libby Renae, Hattie Lynn and Ramsey Kaye Janet, all of Cape Girardeau, Finley Brooke Robert of Jackson, and a great-grandson, Wyndham Werner expected to arrive November 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Herbert Werner and Raymond Werner, and three sisters, Vanita Seabaugh, Lorene Werner and Myrlene Ikerman.

Memorial contributions may be given to Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 2536 Boutin Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701; St. Paul Lutheran Church, 223 W. Adams, Jackson, MO 63755; or a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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