NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Adron Werneck truly embodied the virtues that made the Greatest Generation great. As a rock solid, sensible, hardworking, Midwesterner, he was deeply devoted to his family, to his country, which he served during World War II, and to the thousands upon thousands of rural families in Missouri whose electric power lines he maintained in the worst possible weather conditions as a lead lineman for the REA, the Rural Electrification Administration.
The funeral for Adron Udell Werneck, 89, who died July 5, 2007, after a brief illness at his home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coronado Community United Methodist Church in New Smyrna Beach.
Out of respect for his years of service in the U.S. Army, interment was conducted with full military honors at Edgewater New Smyrna Beach Cemetery.
Born in Vanduser, Mo., Mr. Werneck moved with his family to Sikeston, Mo. at the beginning of the Great Depression and continued to live there until his retirement in 1980. His working life began immediately following his graduation from Sikeston High School in 1936, when he went to work cutting meat in the butcher shop of a downtown grocery store. Following this, he worked for Kroger and then for Putnam Grocery.
He married Hazel McCormick on May 31, 1941. At the time they met, she was pressing clothes at the laundry where they both worked. They got married at the Methodist parsonage in Bloomfield, and then drove a borrowed Chevrolet to the Noble Hotel in Blytheville, Ark, where they spent Saturday night before driving back home because he had to work on Monday.
Mr. Werneck was in the service from 1942 until Valentine's Day 1946. After a short stay in Texarkana, Texas, where he opened and then sold a donut shop, Mr. and Mrs. Werneck moved back to Sikeston, where he soon went to work for the REA.
Both Mr. And Mrs. Werneck retired in 1980 and spent nine years commuting back and forth to Florida until they moved permanently to New Smyrna Beach in 1989.
Other survivors include a son, Adron Allen Werneck of Miami; a daughter, Carol Jane Werneck Hedgepeth of Blue Ridge, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Lisa Hunter Werneck and Michael Stephen Werneck.
Mr. Werneck was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry and Essie Opal Johnson Werneck; his sisters, Mildred Loretta, Clara Frances and Grace Louise; and his brothers John Lewis, William Maurice and Carl Nolan.