James “Jim” Edmund Werner, 70, passed away Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyoming surrounded by family.
Jim was born Saturday, November 18, 1950 to John “J.P.” Phillip and Barbara “Bobbi” Ann (Leman) Werner in Douglas, Wyoming. He was the oldest of three children. Jim grew up and lived the majority of his life on the family ranch north of Douglas. He attended rural school near the ranch and then graduated from Douglas High School. Jim attended Casper College, but his time was cut short due to his father’s illness. He then returned to work on the family ranch.
Jim and his brother, Mike, bought the farm together shortly after he returned from college. He married Dawna Lynn Peterson on June 5, 1974. From this union they had three children. They moved from the farm out to the ranch north of Douglas in 1975. Together they bought a ranch in Lance Creek, Wyoming in 1990. After 22 years of marriage, Jim and Dawna divorced.
Jim married Lorrie Lee (Hemmah) Clay on August 8, 1998. Lorrie and Jim shared a wonderful marriage that was filled with love and adventures. In 2006, Jim began another adventure with the purchase of another ranch in Lance Creek. They moved that fall to the new ranch. Jim and Lorrie along with Jim Bohannon purchased the Angler’s Rest and they then moved to Glendo, Wyoming in 2017. He resided there until his death.
Jim was a true rancher and entrepreneur. One of his greatest passions was buying land and then finding a way to pay for it. If he got to the point that he needed to pay taxes, he bought another ranch. He was not a quitter and saw everything through to the finish.
As a fourth-generation rancher, he enjoyed ranching and passing on the heritage of ranching. Jim also enjoyed guiding hunters, playing pool, spending time with friends, and most importantly building a great herd of cattle. He served as Chairman/President of Converse County Rural Fire, was involved with Stockgrowers, served on the Converse County Weed and Pest Board, and a member of the Douglas Moose Lodge #602.
Jim is survived by his wife, Lorrie, of Glendo; children, J.J. (Connie) Werner of Douglas, Erica (Brandan) Stewart of Fruita, Colorado, and Jessica (Aaron) Adams of Lance Creek; step-daughters, Jackie (Jim) Bohannon of Glendo and Kimberly (Bobby) Himle of Douglas; thirteen grandchildren; brother, Michael (Nita) Werner of Douglas; and sister, Elaine (Frank) Moore of Douglas.
He was preceded in death by his father, J.P., on May 6, 1983 and his mother, Bobbi, on December 31, 2001.
Serving as pallbearers will be Trevor Bennett, Taten Bennett, John Werner, Jim Bohannon, Bobby Himle, and Brandon Werner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Milan Young, George Etchemendy, Bob Downs, Doug Irwin, Phillip Bruner, Jerry Griffin, Dana Fitzhugh, Doug Hill, Bruce Reed, and all of his many friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial to the Converse County Rural Fire Department, P.O. Box 766, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 would be appreciated by the family.
A Vigil for the Deceased will be held at 6:00 P.M. Thursday, June 24, 2021at the Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel in Douglas. Funeral liturgy will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas with Father Lucas Kazimiro Simango as the Celebrant. Interment will be in the family plot at the Douglas Park Cemetery.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com
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