September 26, 2023

Larry Werries

Larry Werries, a Morgan County farmer who went on to serve as Illinois Director of Agriculture under Gov. James R. Thompson, died Friday.

He was 83.

Werries farmed with his father, Leland, and his brother, John, in the Chapin and Concord area. The Werries operation was among the pioneers in Morgan County for confinement production of swine.

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Werries was appointed to the state’s top ag post by Thompson in 1981, replacing John R. Block, who resigned to become U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary under President Ronald Reagan.

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