Dad was born on 12/22/1929 in Schenectady, New York to parents Russell A. and Carrie S. Warner
He had two brothers: James and Robert "Bob" (Yvonne) and two sisters: Gertrude and Virginia (Milan) Steffel
Dad went to college at Houghton College (and graduated from there) and then to Gordon Seminary.
I do not recall if dad also attended Moody Bible Institute, but he sure did take a lot of their correspondence school classes!
Dad married mom (Shirley M. Disbrow) on 6/25/1955. They were married for about 60-1/2 years when Mom passed away.
He has two sons, James (Margaret) and Mark (?) and one granddaughter, Valerie Weyland, and three great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his sons, granddaughter, great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Yvonne and his sister, Virginia.
Dad tried his had at teaching, but then decided that it was not to his liking. He then went to work in the small pet industry selling pet supplies with Pioneer Pet Supply (Oak Park, IL). From there he went to Aquarium Supply Company (Addison, IL) selling and delivering fish and pet supplies to the Chicagoland "dime stores" Woolworth, Ben Franklin, SS Kresge, and the like.
Dad decided that he wanted to go into business for himself, so we packed up our bags and moved to Wyoming, Michigan (SW Grand Rapids) and took over the North Central Aquarium wholesale pet supply business. The business collapsed and dad found other work - selling pianos and working as a gas station attendant. Definitely NOT a mechanic!
Dad then moved back to the Chicago area and went back to work for his former employer (Aquarium Supply, which then became part of Hartz Mountain). Since he moved back in the middle of the school year, he and mom decided that it would be best for us (James & Mark) to finish school and then move back to the Chicago area. And we did so.
From there, dad decided to change jobs and went to work for a different pet shop supplier. After some time of that, he went to work at Courtesy Home Center in their garden department and later on to Walmart in their garden department. He was commended by both places for his dedication to his work. He "retired" from those jobs and took up gardening/landscaping/lawn mowing work on his own. He enjoyed his work!
We moved around a lot, from Hillside, IL, to Broadview, IL, to Grand Rapids area (2 locations), and to Cicero, IL (4 locations). Mark left home and got married and had his own family. Then Mom & Dad moved to Forest Park. After James married, they then moved to Elmhurst and then to Monroe, LA, where they lived nearly next door to Uncle Bob's place (Dad's brother). They soon tired of the culture change and the climate and moved back to Illinois and settled in Bensenville for a while and then moved to Windsor Park in Carol Stream.
Mom and Dad both were committed Christians and they took us to church and we had the Bible read at home. We had a time where we were in a Scripture Memory program as well.
Mom "had our backs" in prayer and Dad was an avid student of the Scriptures and of the Church Fathers. Dad participated in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) meetings as often as he could. Dad also became a dedicated supporter of Bible Pathways, an organization that promotes reading through the Bible.
Dad was a generous and very friendly, outgoing person. That suited him well in his sales careers and also in his talking about God's Word.
Dad and mom also had occasion to welcome at least two international students into their home. It was a great joy for them to do so. I (James) regret that they lost contact with them, for I would have loved to learn more about them now! Margaret and I have followed in their path in likewise opening our home to guests from other lands. Thank you for planting that seed in our lives!
I (James) am thankful for dad's model of hard work and faithfulness. I am especially thankful for the godly heritage that he and mom left me, and that I embrace. Thank you for that most precious gift, Dad!
Memorial Service at Windsor Park Retirement Community
124 Windsor Park Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Date & Time: 5/16/2018 at 7:00pm
Memorial donations to Bible Pathways Ministries, Windsor Park Benevolence Fund, or Covenant Care Hospice of Illinois in lieu of flowers, please.
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