George E. Warner

Thursday, December 18, 2003

HOLDREGE -- George E. Warner, 82, of Beaver City, died Tuesday (Dec. 16, 2003) at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege.

He was born July 1, 1921, to Leon George "Jerry" and Marjorie (Dalton) Warner at the family home in Beaver City. He grew up in Beaver City and graduated from Beaver City High School with the class of 1938. In December 1939, he began his military career with the Air Force.

On Oct. 3, 1942, he married Winifred Baldwin.

In May 1943, he was sent to B24 training and then overseas to India where he flew the "hump" for 16 months. He made a record number of flights and returned to the United States in September 1944.

He retired from the Air Force in 1969 as a Lt. Colonel with the following commendations: three Distinguished Flying Crosses; seven Air Medals; the Bronze Star; five Air Force Commendation Medals; two President Unit Citations; plus various combat theater and campaign ribbons.

He and his family returned to Beaver City after his retirement.

On Sept. 1, 2002, he married Ruth Thayer Sherwood. The couple made their home in Beaver City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Wini; two sisters, Ethel Bryant and Alice Olmsted; and grandson, Jonathan Warner.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Warner of Beaver City; three daughters, Marjory A. Lambert and husband, Dean of Beaver City, Jane E. Cook and husband, Greg of Des Moines, Iowa and Sheila E. Christensen and husband, Mark of Phoenix, Ariz.; four sons, Thomas G. Warner and wife, Margaret of Winchester Bay, Ore., Ralph L. Warner of Arriba, Colo., Frederick H. Warner and wife, Karla of Beaver City and George M. Warner and wife, Gail of Flower Mound, Texas; one sister, Phyllis Smith and husband, Charles of Pipe Creek, Texas; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services are Saturday, 2 p.m., at Mount Hope Cemetery in Beaver City with Dave Hunt officiating.

Visitation is today and Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City.

A memorial fund has been established by the family to go to the local VFW Post No. 5281.

Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City is in charge of the arrangements.