It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Mr. Louis O. Werneke, "Inky Lou”, who died peacefully on March 31 2013. Louis was born June 23, 1926 and was married to Mrs. June Louise Werneke. Lou is survived by his two children, Matthew Werneke and Lisa Werneke
Nelson; he lived to see and enjoy eight grandchildren. Lou was preceded in death by his wife, June (2008), and his brother, Skip (2003).
Louis, ‘Inky Lou’, was a successful businessman and the founder of Werneke Ink Company. Lou played a pivotal role in shaping the Narrow Web Tag & Label market; helping to build the industry as it is today. In 1973, Lou began the design of the very first water-based ink for flexographic printing; truly a visionary, Louis stated, "There have to be some changes made for the environment and for the energy crunches we have…” Lou then made the decision to dedicate time and energy to develop a water-based system for label printing. Louis Werneke built a successful global business, which remains a key facet of Flint Group today.
Visitation and prayer Mass will be held Monday, April 8 at Washburn-McReavy in Edina, Minnesota (www.washburn-mcreavy.com or 952-920-3996). In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to N.C. Little Hospice Edina, Minnesota, 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435.
Our thoughts and sympathy go out to the Werneke family and friends during this sad time. We have all lost a well-respected friend, colleague and an industry icon.