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Dean Lewis Werts1

Male
b. 23 January 1922, d. 27 March 2013


Father Harvey Roger Werts1 b. 6 December 1895, d. 2 July 1988
Mother Artie Olive Lewis1 b. 22 September 1895, d. 26 January 1983
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Family Ruth Marie Deutschle b. 26 November 1922, d. 6 July 2002
Marriage* 21 February 1945  Ottumwa, Wapello Co., IA, Principal=Ruth Marie Deutschle7 
Children  1. Carl Allen Werts b. 10 Mar 1947
  2. Rhea Ann Werts b. c 1949
  3. Mark L. Werts b. 8 Dec 1952
  4. Lynne Werts b. c 1954

Birth* 23 January 1922  Lucas Co., IA1,2 
Census* 1930  1930 Federal Census, Nebraska, Chase County, Enterprise Precinct, ED: 15-5, Series: T626, Roll: 1267, Page: 176A, April 11
Sheet 3A
(enumerated with father, Harvey R Werts)
05, 47, 49, Werts, Dean L, Son, , , , Yes, M, W, 8, S, , Yes, , Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, , 65, , , , , Yes, None, , , , , , , ,3 
Census 1940  1940 Federal Census, Iowa, Lucas County, Washington Township, ED: 59-18, Series: T627, Roll: 1178, Page: 2B, April 9
Sheet 2B
(enumerated with father, Harvey R Werts)
51, 30, , , Yes, Werts, Dean L, Son, 2, M, W, 18, S, No, H4, 30, Iowa, 65, , Same House, , , Yes, , Yes, , , , , 1, 60, , Farmer, Farm, NP, 888|vv|5, 52, 0, No,4 
Milit-Beg* 13 September 1940  Chanute Field, IL, Army Air Corps
After flight school he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1943.
Flying the P47 "Thunderbolt" fighter, Dean flew over 100 combat missions over Europe during World War II.
He left the service, a Captain, 31 Dec 1945.

Name: Dean L Werts
Name (Original): WERTS DEAN L
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 13 Sep 1940
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the Panama Canal Department
Event Place: Chanute Field, Illinois, United States
Residence Place:
Race: White
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1922
Birthplace: IOWA
Education Level: 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation: Farm hands, general farms
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Military Rank: Private
Army Branch: Air Corps
Army Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source Reference: Civil Life
Serial Number: 16028005
Affiliate Publication Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
Box Film Number: 02082.65
Citing this Record: "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,"
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8G7-YBV : accessed 16 Aug 20135,6 
Marriage* 21 February 1945  Ottumwa, Wapello Co., IA, Principal=Ruth Marie Deutschle7 
Milit-End* 31 December 1945  US Army Air Corps, Captain5 
SSN* 27 March 2013  Given Name: Dean
Middle Name: L
Surname: Werts
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 23 January 1922
Social Security Number:
State: Iowa
Last Place of Residence:
Previous Residence Postal Code:
Event Date: 27 March 2013
Age: 91
Citing this Record: "United States Social Security Death Index,"
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KFFV-C39
accessed 16 Aug 20132 
Death* 27 March 2013  Legacy Lodge, Chariton, Lucas Co., IA8,5,2 
News/Obit* 29 March 2013  DEAN LEWIS WERTS

Dean Lewis Werts was born in Russell, Iowa January 23, 1922, and passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the age of 91, at the Legacy Lodge in Chariton, Iowa.

Other than a few years in Nebraska, Dean spent his entire life in the Russell area graduated from Russell High School. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in September 1940, earned his wings and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1943, flying the P47 "Thunderbolt" fighter. Dean flew over 100 combat missions over Europe during World War II.

He married Ruth Deutschle February 21, 1945, in Ottumwa, Iowa. Dean was discharged from the service December 31, 1945 and began farming. They lived on two different farms near Russell.

Dean was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Russell and a lifetime member of Russell American Legion, Charlie Clark Post #308. He served on the Russell School Board and the Federal Land Bank Board. He enjoyed deer hunting, farming and spending time with his family. Dean and Ruth also enjoyed spending their winters in South Texas.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Artie Werts, his wife, Ruth Werts, grandson, Todd Anthony Werts and siblings, Wilma Strait, Roger Werts and Dale Werts.

He is survived by his four children and spouse: Carl and Ellen Werts of Russell; Rhea and Craig Weideman of Virginia Beach, VA; Mark and Nadene Werts of Graham, WA; and Lynn and Freddie Stuart of Chariton.

He is also survived by eight grandchildren and their spouses: Chad and Alissa Werts; Brandy Japhet; Jason and Karen Stuart; Shawn and Katie Werts; Justin and Tina Stuart; Gavin Werts; Jaci and Tom Ripperger; and Jansen and Amy Stuart; thirteen great-grandchildren, with number fourteen to arrive shortly; brother and sister-in-law, Burdette and Lois Werts; sisters-in-law, Deloris Werts and Charlotte Werts; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Mary Ellen Moore.

Visitation for Dean was Saturday, March 30, at 9:30 a.m. with services following at 10:30 a.m. Burial was in the Russell Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Jason, Justin, and Jansen Stuart, Shawn Werts, Freddie Stuart and Craig Weideman. Honorary bearers were Chad and Gavin Werts, Brandy Japhet, Jaci Ripperger, Ralph Conner and Phil Shenefield.

Published in the Chariton Leader (IA), Friday, March 29, 20138,5 
Burial* 30 March 2013  Russell Cemetery, Russell, Lucas Co., IA, Inscription: Werts
Ruth Marie
November 26, 1922
July 6, 2002
Capt. Dean L.
January 23, 1922
*March 27, 2013
(* date added after image was taken)8

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Citations
  1. [S56] Werts - Vinsel - Slater Family History, F. C. Slater.
  2. [S129] SSDI Death Index,.
  3. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. [S1286] 1940 U.S. Federal Census , 1940 U.S. Federal Census, https://www.facebook.com/darla.weber.9.
  5. [S369] The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa.
  6. [S1381] U.S. World War II Army Enlistments, 1938-1945 LDS, online https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fcollection%2F2028680.
  7. [S323] News Bank.
  8. [S626] Find-A-Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com.


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