Posted 1/28/14 (Tue)
I was 62 years old and died at Sanford Health on Jan. 26, 2014 due to complications of Influenza A.
My Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mandan with the Rev. Mark Drew as officiant. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the church before my service.
I will be buried in the Highland Cemetery south of Alexander, N.D., on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. I was born on July 2, 1951 in Williston, N.D. I am the son of Earl and Gladys Warnke.
I was raised and educated on a farm 10 miles south of Alexander. I attended and graduated in 1970 from Alexander High School. After graduating, I worked various jobs. On Oct. 21, 1972, I married Marlene Rhodes. We lived in Sidney, Mont., where I worked for Pacific Hide and Fur.
In June of 1973, we moved to Lambert, Mont. I worked for the Theissen Angus Ranch until moving to Watford City in February of 1979. I worked for NL Well Service and then Pool Well Service. I became a Tool Pusher and Safety Inspector. I worked at this job for seven years. The oil field bust came in 1986 and I took a layoff.
I then farmed for the next three years. I also cut scrap iron for John Roach in Watford City. In April of 1989, I started working for the City of Watford City. I worked there until April of 1992. We then moved to Livingston, Mont. I was employed by the City of Livingston. I was grounds keeper at the Mountain View Cemetery. I did maintenance work on various homes in Livingston.
In Aug. of 1995, we moved to Mandan, N.D. In September of 1995 I started working for Capital City Roof and Floor Truss Company. In 2002, they changed to Advanced Truss Company. I worked there until my death. We bought a home in Bismarck in January of 2003 and have lived there since.
I have been married to wife, Marlene for 41 years. We have four children; James of Hermanston, Ore.; Laura (Gary) Weakes of Princeton, Texas; Ann (Doug) Vogel of Fargo, N.D.; and Sgt. Andrew (Tauni) of Box Springs, Ga. We have 13 Grandchildren. I have three sisters; Susan (Roland) Olson, Williston, N.D.; Annette (Dirk) Oved, Williston, N.D.; and Cheryl (Bill) Unger, Mandan, N.D. I also have several nieces and nephews.
I was preceded in death by my Father and Mother, Earl and Gladys Warnke.
May God be with you all.
Memorials may be directed to the Chronic Leukemia Research Foundation.
Arrangements are with Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, ND.