March 4, 2012

Steven R. Werger

Steven R. Werger, 56, of Bennet, died peacefully March 4, 2012 in Lincoln with his wife and children by his side.

Steve was a Journeyman Plumber at Shanahan Mechanical and Electrical, and a graduate of Waverly High School. He was married to Terri, his high school sweetheart, for nearly 35 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and very proud of his three children.

 Survivors include wife, Terri (Mangel) Werger; Daughters and Son-in-law: Dawnelle Werger of Lincoln, Tara and Chris Rutt of Mitchell. Son and Daughter-in-law: Jacob and Allison Werger of Bennet. Mother: Kathryn Werger of Lincoln. Brother and Sister-in-law: Jack and Chris Werger of Eagle. Sister: Joan Nelson of Lincoln. Sisters-in-Law: Deb Werger of Johnson Lake, Rondy Jordan of Dallas, TX, Tami Pickett of Katy, TX. Brother-in-law and wife: Rick and Susan Mangel of Alma. Brother-in-law and Wife Rod and Melissa Mangel of Omaha. Mother-in-law Ev Mangel of Waverly. Father-in-law Ron Mangel of Alma. Many nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by his father: Gerald “Pete” Werger, brother: Mike Werger and grandparents.

 Memorial services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 2:00 P.M.  A celebration of life will follow the service at a family location near Eagle, NE. Steve requested that camouflage be worn.

Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to Whitetails Unlimited.


  1. Dear Terri and family: So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing, but we know he is in a better place and will not suffer. Keeping you and the kids, in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Love to all , Sis and family

  2. Terri & Family: Steve’s passing left a huge hole in the universe of many, many people. He was one of the truly “good guys” and it was a privilege to be his friend. We were so very glad to get to see him and you all Saturday. Where love remains, no one is ever forgotten. He’ll be well-remembered, always.
    Patrick & Wendy

  3. Terri and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing through Heaven’s gates but the joyful that the suffering and pain is over. I have so many wonderful memories of Steve and they always make me laugh. He was great at making people laugh and was so friendly.
    prayers to you all…

  4. Terry, Tara and family,

    So sorry for Steve suffering so with his cancer. He is in a better place Not having to suffer anymore. Praise the Lord! Your sorrow, hurt and loneliness are what I am praying for now. May God fill the void in your life you are experiencing. Thinking and praying for each of you. Drive careful home Tara.

  5. My best friend Steve, and my 2nd Dad. Hi I am Adam I started going over to steve and Terris when I was 5 or 6. After some time Steve began to take me fishing mostly over to Scottys who has a lake. Then Steve began to teach me how to hunt for turkey and deer, and fish. He taught me well because he told my Mom and Dad I did not miss often. Sometimes during hunting and fishing season we would be gone from 6 AM to 9 PM. Mom did not think I slept the night before waiting to go. On weeknights I would be gone but my folks knew I was with Steve in his garage. On Friday nights Steve and I wound scout for new hunting areas.I loved to go to Johnson Lake with Terri and Steve on Memorial Day weekends. I got to know Steves kids, Jake ans Steves friends when we would go to the hunting garage. I even told my folks that if they were gone I could go over and live with Steve. I have lost my best friend, kind of hard for an 11 year old. I still like to hunt and fish, even though we all lost a great friend. If you are going to hunt or fish or go to the hunting garage I would be glad to tag along. Well that is about i, GOOD BYE MY BEST FRIEND, you will always live on in my heart and mind. YOUR PAL FOREEVER! ADAM

  6. Terri, Was saddened to hear of the loss of Steve. I have many good memories of him. May your memories make this time more bearable.
    Condolences to you and yours.

  7. So sorry to hear about your loss. We hope that your families’ sorrows find god’s pity.

    Sam Carman and family

  8. Steve was such an amazing man with the biggest heart! He is and always will be greatly missed! May you find peace knowing he is hunting everyday and taking care of those grand babies!! You have an amazing Angel watching over your family! Thoughts and prayers go out to all who are grieving during this difficult time!
    The Shockey’s

  9. Dear Terri, Kay, Joanie, Jack and Family of Steve,
    My goodness, I am so saddened to read about Steve’s passing. My memories of Steve are so very long ago, through the eyes of a child and through the eyes of Joanie’s childhood best friend, therefore, another pesky little girl in Steve’s life! It appears from what I’ve read that he grew into a man who loved pesky little girls, and boys, and was a wonderful father and friend to many. I’ll never forget him chasing me with his “eye” and hooking up the sled to the back of the horse to take Joanie and me for a ride around the farm. (I think he actually liked us sometimes). My childhood memories cannot be separated from the Werger family.

    I just wanted to express my condolences and for you all to know I am thinking of your family and the losses you have endured. God be with you. Mary Bender Colacurci

  10. I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was my journeyman plumber at Al’s plumbing. I will never forget the time I spent with Steve, he taught me so more than plumbing as a young man. Even though I left the plumbing field whenever I saw Steve it was like we were still working together. I will won’t forget you my friend!

  11. Terri and Family,

    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers for you and your family. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

    Bob and Pam Church

  12. Dear Terri, Kay, Joanie, Jack and Family of Steve, I have not seen Steve since you all lived on south 53rd next to our house? The Mann family lived at 1809 S. 53rd on your south side. I played often with Steve as a next door neighbor. Steve tolerated me even tho I was only 1 year younger. Pete and My father jack lived close on Sumner street when they were kids. And when my Father, Jack and Steve’s Dad Pete went off to buy their first homes (which were empty lots)they pulled up in front of each lot and my Dad said they looked at each other and said “I just bought this lot?” and Pete said “we just bought this lot?”
    And the family relation ships were started again. I was just thinking of Steve a week ago and then today I see the sad news in the Obits. Wish we could have reminisced before now. Peace be with you my friend, Sincerely, Tom Mann

  13. To Steve’s family –
    It is sad to see one pass on so young. Remembering the Werger’s from back-in-the-day at Eagle School – our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God’s blessings to Steve’s family in the days ahead.

  14. Terri and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sympathies. Our prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

    Chip and Gayla Martin

  15. Im so sorry to hear of your loss!! I miss the old days when Steve worked for my Dad(Al Schroeder). I will always remember Steve fondly!

  16. Terri and family…We are very sorry over Steve’s passing. He was a great guy. We have wonderful memories being neighbors. Find peace in knowing he is with the Lord. Remember the good times and know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. You have my sympathy.

  18. Heartfelt sympthy to you, Terri and your children. May God hold your hand and give you comfort at this time.


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