Cozad Resident: Robert J. Warnke, age 77 (1936-2013)

Robert J. Warnke, 77, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Sunday, October 13th, 2013, at Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska.

Robert was born February 15th, 1936, at Butte, Nebraska, to Anton and Marcelene (Sanders) Warnke. Robert graduated from Butte High School. In 1955, he entered the U.S. Army and was sent to Germany.

Following his discharge, Robert attended Midland College in Fremont, earning a Bachelors Degree in Business. After college, Robert moved to Rapid City, South Dakota and worked for a telephone company as a marketing representative.

Robert moved to Cozad in 1963 and started his career as an agent at State Farm Insurance until retirement in 1999. In 1973, Robert married Lois Johnson. Robert was a loving husband, proud father and greatly enjoyed time spent with family. He was an excellent role model to his children and grandchildren, teaching them the real purpose of life.

Robert was a devoted member of the Christ the King Catholic Church. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, gardening and canning.

Robert was preceded in death his wife Lois; his parents and his son Wayne Warner.

Survivors include his two daughters, Sharon (Curt) Cutler of Columbus, Nebraska and Trudy Guettler of Cozad; six grandchildren, Scott (Debbie) Cutler of Yankton, South Dakota; Todd (Shelly) Cutler of Omaha, Nebraska, Stephanie (Bob) Ferguson of Omaha; Travis (Andrea) Guettler of Hagerstown, Maryland; Chianne (Mark) Coffman of Windsor, Colorado and Ashton Warner of Cozad; 18 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Sherry Warner of Cozad; special family Jean and Wayne Inman, Tom Sanders, Mark and Linda Johnson and Gary and Sharon Evenson.

Christian rosary services will be Monday, October 21st, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church with Reverend Don O’Brien as Celebrant. Burial with military honors will be at Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 20th, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, October 21st, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

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