July 30, 1949-Sept. 7, 2019
MARSHALL — A Memorial Celebration of Life for Ronald Warnke, 70, of Marshall will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. A prayer service and time to share stories will begin at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m., on Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are with the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Guest book and tribute wall available online at www.hamiltonfh.com.
He died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at his home in Marshall.
Ronald Arden Warnke was born on July 30, 1949, in Marshall, to Arden and Eleanor (LaBrie) Warnke. He attended Marshall public school, graduating in 1967. Ron was proud to serve his country as a Marine during the Vietnam War. He went on to work for Viking Coca-Cola and Versa Vend in Marshall where he was employed for over 30 years.
On July 15, 1994, Ron was united in marriage to Debbie (Keplinger) Verschelde at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. The couple made their home in Marshall and shared over 25 years of marriage together and were members of First Lutheran Church. He was a proud member of the Marshall American Legion, Post 113, in Marshall. Ron finished his career with Schwan’s prior to his retirement in 2017.
Ron’s enjoyments in life included playing pool, card games, watching all sports, and tending to his well-manicured lawn. He loved to tinker and fix things and always seemed to be building something. Ron was always willing to lend a helping hand and enjoyed visiting with people, often using his great sense of humor to inject one-liners to a conversation. He loved spending time being a special Papa to Deb’s daycare children, as well as his own grandchildren.
Ron is survived by his wife, Debbie Warnke; children, Curt Warnke, Jason (and Kari) Warnke, Lisa (and Brandon) Herold, Sara Terra, Marv (and Sarah) Verschelde; nine grandchildren; brother, Steve (and Janice) Warnke; sisters, Judie Graffunder, Rosalie Kropp; in-laws; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
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