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 Decorah Lutheran Church. He worked several jobs including working on the railroad, driving trucks, antiques and farming, but, operating the Crystal Inn in Burr Oak and Stateline Inn was what he really enjoyed. They lived in Winslow, Ill. for several years before moving back to the Mabel area in 1970. After retiring they moved to Brownsville, Minn. to be closer to fishing and boating. He enjoyed boating, fishing, gambling, and being around people.
Earl is survived by his wife Angie of Brownsville; six children: June (Robert) Bolen, Manawa, Wis.; LeRoy (Nancy), Winslow, Ill.; Marie (Chuck) Busack, Brownsville; Barb Neuenschwander, Winslow; Fay (Kenneth) Garness, Canton, Minn. and Mary Wernet, Monroe, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister Florence Patterson, Decorah, Iowa; and a brother Floyd, Caledonia.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Doris Whalen and Georgia Ludeking.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel. A private burial will be in the Bluffton Cemetery.