Walter R. 'Pinky' Warburton

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Aug. 22, 1933-Dec. 19, 2004

Walter R. "Pinky" Warburton, 71, died Sunday (Dec. 19, 2004) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.

On Aug. 22, 1933, he was born to Fred Alton and Goldie Mae (Larreau) Warburton in Oberlin. He attended McCook Public Schools. He served in the National Guard for a number of years.

On March 14, 1953, he married Thelma Meissner in Oberlin. To this union five children were born. They lived in the McCook community all their married life.

Pinky worked for J.D. Messer Roofing and 7-Up Bottling Company from 1959-1974. In 1974, he was employed by Dayco as an air-water charger. He retired in 1999 after 24 years of service.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife Thelma on Nov. 6, 2000; an infant daughter, Elaine Marie; and one brother Claude "Rocky" Warburton.

Survivors include his son, Galen Warburton and wife, Dorothea of McCook; three daughters, Glenda Critchfield of McCook, Laura and husband, Doug Callihan of Abilene, Kan., and Jeanne Rodarmel of McCook; one brother, Robert "Red" Warburton of Gering; sister, Pauline "Polly" Childs of Crete; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Visitation will be Tuesday, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Wednesday 9 a.m., until time of service. Friends may go online at to extend condolences.

Funeral services are Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.