WAUSEON -- Lester E. Warncke, 81, of rural Wauseon, passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 3, 2013, at Swanton Health Care.
Prior to his retirement in 1993, he had worked as a truck driver and salesman for the Zehr Company for two years and then went on to work for Sterling Milk Company as a semi driver, hauling milk for 34 years.
Lester was born in Wauseon on October 6, 1931, the son of Carl and Viola (Arps) Warncke. On June 10, 1956, he married Barbara Meyer, and she survives. They recently celebrated their 57th anniversary. He was a lifelong member of St. Luke Lutheran Church of rural Wauseon, where he had served as a deacon, chairman of the congregation and a Sunday school teacher. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, having served aboard the USS Boxer for four years. He was a member of the Wauseon American Legion Post 265. Lester loved antique tractors, was a member of the National Threshers Association, but most of all he loved his grandchildren!
Surviving are his wife, Barbara; three sons, Mitchel (Ginger) Warncke, Jeff Warncke and Todd (Amy) Warncke, all of Wauseon; two daughters, Robin (Mitch) Weinstock of San Diego, California, and Joni (Scott) Goldsmith of Wauseon; grandchildren, Rachel (Michael Drenning) Goldsmith, Nicole Goldsmith, McCormick Warncke and Eli Warncke; and sister, Dolores Warncke of Wauseon.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Richard Warncke.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2013, at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dale Kern officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Luke Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be given to St. Luke Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisierfh.com.