Warren Frank Whitworth died March 30, 2014. Warren was born May 13, 1944, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Eldon Whitworth and Edith Glover Whitworth.
The family moved to Poplar Bluff, Mo., in 1956, where Warren grew up and graduated from Poplar Bluff High School in 1962. During his high school years, in addition to playing football and throwing discus and shot put on the track team, he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and began skydiving.
Warren enlisted in the Army in 1963, trained for Airborne duty at Fort Benning, Ga., then went through survival training at Fort Bragg, N.C., in order to serve in the Special Forces. Warren did three tours of duty in Vietnam, during which time, he was awarded a Purple Heart, a bronze star and a silver star with an oak leaf cluster. Later, he became a member of Veterans for Peace.
Following his honorable discharge in 1967, he attended Three Rivers College. He worked at a variety of jobs, eventually training as a welder. Warren belonged to the boiler makers union and worked on construction of electrical and nuclear power plants. From 1984-1989, he served as a supervisor with General Electric in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He continued with the boiler makers until he suffered a stroke and was disabled in 1996.
Warren is survived by sisters, Melanie Dietzel of Fayetteville, Ark., and Lynne Patton of Poplar Bluff; daughter, Leigh Anne Terry (Scott) of Barnhart, Mo.; son, John Ryan Whitworth (Peggy) of St. Augustine, Fla.; grandchildren, Emily, Megan and Cooper Terry and Lucas and Jack Whitworth; and nephews and nieces.
Warren loved spending time with his grandchildren, following the Poplar Bluff Mules, Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. He was always reading a book or solving a crossword puzzle. He will be missed by family and friends who shared his life.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Brian Edward Whitworth.
In lieu of flowers, Warren requested that donations be made to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, 1 Childrens Place, Saint Louis, MO 63110, or www.stlouischildrens.org.
The family invites friends to remember Warren at a gathering at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Claudia House, 626 Cynthia St., Poplar Bluff, MO.
Arrangements by Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home.