Werner Laurent Suess died March 29, 2014 at the age of 73 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born July 6, 1940 in Belfaux, Switzerland he immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 13.

His early years were spent in Fairbanks, Alaska. He moved to Keizer in 1977. He was well known by many as the owner of Pier One Imports and over the last several years was an active member of the Keizer Elks.

He is survived by his fiancé, four children and six grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at the Keizer Elks Lodge April 19 at 4 p.m.