, Port Arthur, Texas


July 10, 2014

Sterling E. Werkheiser

BRIDGE CITY —    Sterling E. Werkheiser, 85, of Bridge City, passed away on July 8, 2014, at his home.

   Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Father Steven Leger and Father Jim McClintock. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum in Orange.

   Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m., with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday July 11, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.

   Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on January 28, 1929, he was the son of Osbourne Henry Werkheiser and Edith M. (Kelchner) Werkheiser. Sterling was an U.S. Army veteran who served during the war in Korea. He worked as a plant engineer at Alpha-Portland Cement Plant for 29 years. After he retired from the plant, he worked as a bus driver for BCISD for 22 years. Sterling was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City.  He was a pilot and enjoyed flying, woodworking, telling jokes, and working with his hands. Sterling was a man of excellence and high standards.

   He is preceded in death by his parents, Osbourne and Edith Werkheiser; grandson, Todd Brown; brothers, Henry Don, Lester, Ken, Stanley, and Jerry Werkheiser; sisters Eleanor Ehrie, Doris Teel, and Joanne Schriner.

   He is survived by his wife, Bea Werkheiser of Bridge City; children, Victoria Brown and husband, Aval of Bridge City, Diana McDonald and husband, Gary of Dickinson, John “Buddy” Werkheiser and wife, Karla of Macon, Georgia, Tammy Oldani and husband, Doug of League City, and Mark Werkheiser and wife, Crystal of Port Neches; sisters, Florence Weller of Easton, Pennsylvania, Betty D’Angelo of Easton, Pennsylvania, and Joyce Helm of Easton, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Justin Brown and wife, Jennifer of Houston, Nathan Jeter of Houston, Candace Jeter of San Marcos, Phillip Werkheiser of Sanford, North Carolina, Elizabeth Werkheiser of Sanford, North Carolina, Michael Werkheiser of Purserville, Virginia, Holly Werkheiser of Macon, Georgia, Kaitlyn Joyner of Macon, Georgia, Haley Joyner of Macon, Georgia, Abbey Oldani of League City, John Oldani of League City, Emily Werkheiser of Bridge City, Zara Killman of Port Neches, and Kara Killman of Port Neches.

   Serving as pallbearers will be Justin Brown, Nathan Jeter, Phillip Werkheiser, Michael Werkheiser, John Oldani, Aval Brown, Doug Oldani, and Gary McDonald.

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