Werneke Ink Co. founder Louis O. “Inky Lou” Werneke died peacefully on March 31, 2013. He was born June 23, 1926 and was married to June Louise Werneke. Louis is survived by his two children, Matthew Werneke and Lisa Werneke Nelson; he lived to see and enjoy eight grandchildren. Louis was preceded in death by his wife, June (2008) and his brother, Skip (2003).
Louis was a successful businessman, who 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. Truly a visionary, Louis stated, “There have to be some changes made for the environment and for the energy crunches we have…” Louis then made the decision to dedicate time and energy to develop a water-based system for label printing.
Louis built a successful global business, which remains a key facet of Flint Group today. The group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables.
Visitation and prayer mass will be held Monday, April 8 at Washburn-McReavy in Edina, Minn. (www.washburn-mcreavy.com or 952-920-3996). In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to N.C. Little Hospice 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435.