Ronald D. Warner, age 91, of New Richmond, died on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at the St. Croix Health Center in New Richmond.
Ron was born the son of Walter and Emma (Giesen) Warner on March 30, 1920, in Deer Park, Wis. He attended school in Deer Park through 8th grade and graduated from New Richmond High School with the class of 1938. Ron met Dolores Karis in the fall of 1940. A few dances later, they were married at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Deer Park on July 22, 1941. In November of 1942, Ron was called into service in the Army. He served in Europe as a supply sergeant. On July 22, 1947, Ron and Dolores started Warner's Direct Service in New Richmond. In 1956, they added the boat business and renamed the business Warner's Dock. They moved to a new location in 1959 and then again , 47 years later, to their current location. Ron semi-retired at age 55 but was an active part of the business until entering the St. Croix Health Center in July of 2011.
Ron bought a cabin on Balsam Lake in 1952 which is still enjoyed by his family today. He loved to fish and hunt; his last deer hunt was in 2007, when he was able to take two deer. He enjoyed snowmobiling and waterskiing, driving a 4-wheeler, and traveling with Dolores. Ron was a charter member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, a member of the American Legion, New Richmond Kiwanis Club, Willow River Rod and Gun Club, and a past president of the St. Croix County Alliance of Sportsman's clubs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Emma Warner; wife, Dolores Warner; and brother, Delmond Warner.
Ron is survived by his children, Marlin (Diane) Warner, Gerry (Carol) Warner, Greg (Sharon) Warner; grandchildren, Randi (Mike) Manske, Nate (Rachel) Warner, Gina (John) Clemmons, Jason (Shelley) Warner, Nicole Warner, Scott (Stacy) Warner, Karen (Jake) Nichols; great-grandchildren, Jarek, Josh and Jaden Manske, Rhea and Melia Warner, Teagan Warner, Natalie Warner, Madalyn and Taedon Nichols; and many other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday November 4, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Bakken-Young's Beebe Chapel in New Richmond and on Friday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Interment was in New Richmond Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Manske, Jarek Manske, Josh Manske, Nate Warner, Scott Warner and Jake Nichols. Memorials may be directed to St. Luke's Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel in New Richmond.
(New Richmond News)