||Veteran Trainer Charles Werstler Passes
Charles R. (Chuck) Werstler, 87, the longtime trainer
for Mary V. Fisher’s Dixiana Stable in Lexington, Kentucky, passed
away on April 5 in Hermitage, Tennessee. For many years a resident of
Miami Springs, Florida, he retired to the suburb of Nashville in 2001.
Werstler was the father of Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) Director
of Race Rob Werstler.
A native of Ohio who raced regularly in Kentucky, Florida, Illinois,
and New Jersey, Werstler trained such outstanding horses as Golden Ruler,
Hard Work, Big Band, Red Cross, and Ironworks.
Werstler raced at Keeneland each spring and fall for more than three
decades between the 1960s and the 1990s, saddling 57 winners. He sent
out Hard Work to win the 1969 Breeders’ Futurity and Ironworks to
win the 1981 Fayette Handicap. Interestingly, Ironworks carried jockey
Pat Day to his first of 95 stakes victories at Keeneland.
Mr. Werstler was also a decorated WWII Army veteran and the recipient
of two Bronze Stars. He was a member of Miami Springs Presbyterian Church
and attended Cloyds Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mt. Juliet, TN.
Mr. Werstler was the son of the late, Robert Benjamin and Nellie Wise
Werstler. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Owens
Werstler on February 10, 2007. His survivors include children, Lindalee
(David) Buckholts of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Rob Werstler of Austin, Texas;
sister, Maxine Daily of Greentown, Ohio; and several grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. April 9 at Bond Memorial
Chapel, Mt. Juliet, TN. Visitation is from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. on April 9.
Memorials may be made to Cloyds Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 595 W.
Division St., Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, Phone: (615) 758-7434.