Joseph F. Werres, 79, of Ocean View, formerly of Scottsville, Va., passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at his home.
Joe was born in Washington, D.C., Sept. 1, 1938, son of the late Joseph J. Werres and the late Margaret (Meehan) Werres. He graduated from Archbishop John Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from 1958-70.
After his time in the service, Joe moved his family to Long Island, N.Y. He was transferred to Charlottesville, Va., and eventually moved to Scottsville. He became an entrepreneur, owning several businesses from retail to seafood, and finally ended his career as a partner in a used car business. Joe was a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council 9053 in Ocean City, Md., and served for several years as the kitchen manager. Joe enjoyed collecting steins, and was a member of the Gambrinus Stein Club and the Pennsylvania Keysteiners. He was also an avid collector of coins and stamps.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of almost 56 years, Loretta A. (Klix) Werres; three sons, Kenneth Joseph Werres and his wife Jennifer of Huffman, Texas, Joseph F. Werres Jr. and his wife Lisa of Waynesboro, Va., and Timothy Wayne Werres and his wife Sherry of Afton, Va.; five grandchildren, Kari Werres, J. Michael Werres, Hunter Werres, Spencer Werres, and Lauren; a great-grandson, Wyatt Graves; and two sisters, Doris Murray and her husband Roland of Ocean City, Md., and Margaret Cervoni of Gainesville, Va.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, where friends and family may call after 1 p.m. Interment will be held privately at a later date at St. George Catholic Church, Scottsville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Joe's name to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.