BENKELMAN -- David J. Warning, 86, died Wednesday (Feb. 24, 2010) at his home in Benkelman.
He was born April 6, 1923, in Cheyenne County, Kan., to August and Susie (Adamson) Warning. He attended country school near his home and after completion of the 8th grade returned to the family farm to help his father.
On Aug. 29, 1945, he married Irene Passmore.
In addition to helping on the family farm, he hired out to Alfred Pancake for whom he worked for many years. Eventually, David and Irene purchased the family farm and set up their own farming and ranching operation. In the 1960s they added a pony farm where as many as 80 head of ponies were bred, broke and sold to families throughout the area.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene; his parents, August and Susie Warning; brother, Donald Warning; and grandson, Lyle Warning.
Survivors include his sons, Leland Warning and wife, Pauline of Castle Rock, Colo., Richard Warning and wife, Rita of Lakewood, Colo.; daughter, Mary Birge and husband, Joe of Benkelman; brothers, Dewayne Warning and wife, Rosa, and Dale Warning and Nancy; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Larry Forch Jr., Certified Celebrant, officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (MST), at Forch Funeral Chapel.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.