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June 30, 1926 - August 13, 2012

Earl was born June 30, 1926 in Decorah, Iowa to George and Lydia (Qualley) Wernet.  He attended the Coldwater School.  On April 12, 1948 he married Angeline M. Imel at the Decorah Lutheran Church.  He worked several jobs including working on the railroad, driving truck, antiques, and farming. But, operating the Crystal Inn in Burr Oak and Stateline Inn was what he really enjoyed.  They had lived in Winslow, Illinois for several years before moving back to the Mabel area in 1970. After retiring they moved to Brownsville, Minnesota to be closer to the fishing and boating.  He enjoyed boating, fishing, gambling, and being around people.

Earl passed away Monday, August 13 at the Caledonia Care and Rehab at the age of 86.

Earl is survived by his wife Angie of Brownsville; six children June (Robert) Bolen of Manawa, Wisconsin, LeRoy (Nancy) of Winslow, Illinois, Marie (Chuck) Busack of Brownsville, Barb Neuenschwander of Winslow, Illinois, Fay (Kenneth) Garness of Canton, Minnesota, and Mary Wernet of Monroe, Wisconsin; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; a sister Florence Patterson of Decorah, Iowa; and a brother Floyd of Caledonia.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Doris Whalen and Georgia Ludeking.

Visitation will be 5-8 PM Friday, August 17, 2012 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel.  A private burial will be in the Bluffton Cemetery.                     

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