Louis O. Werneke, “Inky Lou,” died peacefully on March 31 2013. Mr. Werneke was born June 23, 1926 and was married to the late June Louise Werneke. He is survived by his two children, Matthew Werneke and Lisa Werneke Nelson; he lived to see and enjoy eight grandchildren. Mr. Werneke was preceded in death by his wife, June, in 2008, and his brother, Skip, in 2003.
Mr. Werneke was a successful businessman and the founder of Werneke Ink Company. He played a pivotal role in shaping the narrow web tag and label market, helping to build the industry as it is today. In 1973, he began the design of the very first water-based ink for flexographic printing. He then made the decision to dedicate time and energy to develop a water-based system for label printing. Mr. Werneke built a successful global business, which remains a key facet of Flint Group today.
Visitation and prayer Mass will be held April 8 at Washburn-McReavy in Edina, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to N.C. Little Hospice Edina, Minnesota, 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435.