Reverend Eric H. Werts

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Our dearly beloved Reverend Eric Hilary Werts went home to the Lord in Vancouver, WA, on February 14th after a three-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was born on March 20, 1944 in Los Angeles to Frank and Virginia Werts. He was the second of six children. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1961. Eric joined the California Jesuits the summer of 1961 and did his training in Los Gatos, CA. While with the Jesuits he graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and received his Masters of Divinity from Berkeley. He remained with the Jesuits until 1979. In 1980 he went to work in Silicon Valley for ROLM/IBM/Siemens. He started as an Instructor and retired 25 years later as a highly respected Senior Software Engineer.
In 1982 he met his beloved future wife Ruth. They were married in 1984 and recently celebrated their 26th anniversary. They both loved to travel and spent many wonderful years traveling around the world. Eric retired in September 2005 and in May 2006 they decided to have a retirement adventure on the East Coast. They rented their home in Los Gatos, CA and moved to Portland, Maine for two years. It was a great adventure but six months before coming back to California, Eric was diagnosed with ALS.
They returned to California in June 2008 to sell their home and move to Vancouver, WA so they would be close to the Providence ALS Clinic in Portland, OR.
In April 2010, Eric was received as an Episcopal Priest at St Luke's Episcopal Church in Vancouver, WA. He was an active priest until the end of July when he was unable to continue due to his health.
Eric fought a good fight but ALS is relentless and always wins.
Eric is survived by the love of his life, his wife Ruth; his adored daughter, Robyn and her amazing husband, Mike Lewis; sisters, Anne Morrissey (Rich), Genny Delaney (Tom); brothers, Mark (Amanda), Paul, Carl (Melinda). Other family members include his wonderful aunt, Sister Judith Vaughan O.P.; and uncle, Richard Vaughan S.J.; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear and close friends.
He was admired and loved by so many, he will be truly missed but never forgotten.
A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver on Saturday, February 26th at 3:30 p.m. with reception to follow. Memorial services will also be held in San Jose, CA and Los Angeles, CA at a later date.
Eric generously donated his body to ALS Research to help find a cure for this horrible disease.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his name to the ALS Association, 700 NE Multnomah St., Ste. 870, Portland, OR 97232 or to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663.
We would like to thank the ALS Association, Hospice Southwest and our fabulous Community of Care group for all the wonderful support and love they gave to us on this journey.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 20, 2011
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