Jack C. Werner Dies; Father of WB Syndie Chief Ken Werner
War hero participated in four major campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
Jack C. Werner, a war hero and the father of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution president Ken Werner, died July 17 at the Encino home of his son. He was 93.
A native of Vienna, Werner escaped the Nazi takeover of Austria by walking over the Alps into Switzerland, then made his way to Paris and eventually New York in May 1939.
Werner enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1941 in Los Angeles. He served in the 7th Infantry Division, 13th Combat Engineers of the H and S Company, receiving promotion from private to first sergeant. He participated in four major campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations: in Attu in May 1943; Kwajalein in February 1944; the initial invasion of Lete Island in the Philippines; and, finally, in the first of three waves of the American forces invasion of Okinawa.
Werner was wounded during a counterattack by the Japanese in May 1945, evacuated home, discharged from the army on V-J Day in 1945 and awarded four battle stars, a Purple Heart and a Presidential Unit Citation.
Werner kept detailed diaries throughout his life, and when the diaries from his war years were discovered in the archives of the Veterans Administration by producers of a documentary on World War II being planned for the History channel, he was chosen as the subject of extensive interviews and contributed significantly to the series.
Werner had a distinguished career at Werner Textile Consultants, beginning with the company at its founding and serving as its president for 20 years until his retirement in 1984. He lived in the Mamaroneck Larchmont community in New York for more than 60 years.
In addition to his son Ken, Werner is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Vera Stein Werner; their other children, Karen and Andrea, and their spouses, Noreen Bagley, Ken Botnick and Brad Lindley; and their children, Katie and Annie, Claire and Molly and Brian and Darah.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Larchmont Temple in Larchmont. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nazi Victims Services Program of Selfhelp Community Services Inc., 520 8th Ave., New York, NY 10018.