Donald L. Warnke May 27, 1939- Oct. 2, 2010 Don was born in Paullina,
Iowa to Walter H. and Hilda Warnke. Don was baptized and confirmed at
Zion Lutheran Church in Paullina. He graduated from Paullina High
School in 1957, and shortly thereafter, came to California. Don passed
away peacefully at home in Bellflower after a long struggle with
Parkinson's Disease and associated complications at the age of 71.
After many years of being trapped in a body that no longer worked, his
spirit has been set free.
Don was a beloved husband, father, brother,
son-in-law, brother-in-law and uncle. In addition, he was blessed with
many close friends throughout his lifetime. Don loved playing
shuffleboard at Oskar's, trout fishing with his buddies and spending
time with his family and friends. Don was a well-known realtor in the
Bellflower/Downey/Lakewood area having worked for Century 21 Astro for
20 years. He derived much pleasure from his work and found his niche
selling real estate after having worked in the aerospace industry in
Sacramento, CA and data processing in Southern California. Don had a
beautiful smile, quick wit, warmth and generosity that will be missed
by all who knew him. Don will also be missed by his beloved cat, Nikki,
who spent a great deal of time keeping him company.
The family would
like to extend its deepest gratitude to his caregivers from Cambrian
Home Care, Alesha Brown, Fabricio Hernandez and Craig Scott, all of
whom provided superb, loving care during his illness. A memorial
service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 2 pm at Whites
Funeral Home, 9903 E. Flower St., Bellflower.
In lieu of flowers, the
family would appreciate donations in Don's memory be made to Providence
Trinity Care Hospice Foundation, 2601 Airport Dr., Suite 230, Torrance,
CA 90505. Whites Funeral Home (562) 867-2741
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on October 15, 2010