Jerry Joe Warren, 76, recent resident of Fairview Heights, formerly of Mt. Vernon, born on June 21, 1936, in Songer Township, died on Friday, March 22, 2013, at his residence at 6:30 a.m. surrounded by his loving family after battling cancer.
Jerry was a 1954 graduate of Flora High School, Flora, and later a 1958 graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Agriculture Education. He was a United States Army veteran of which he served three years active duty as an Army pilot and five years in active reserves.
He retired after working 32 years for Growmark F-S, Bloomington. Jerry traveled multiple times overseas on volunteer missions to set up farming cooperatives for the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs (ACDI/VOCA).
Jerry loved woodworking, golf, tennis and spending time with his family and friends and he especially loved traveling the world.
He was preceded in death by his loving granddaughter, Makenna Laurent; his parents, Xon and Anna, nee Logan, Warren; and his in-laws, Fremont and Audrey Haynes.
Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Glendel, nee Haynes, Warren, whom he married on June 10, 1956, in Fairview Heights; his daughters, Cheri (David) Laurent of Belleville, Crystal (Mike) Warren-Baetz of St. Louis and Xonda (Brett) Reed of Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, Mike Warren Sr., of Flora; grandchildren, Jerry (Sarah) Laurent of Belleville, Cayla Laurent of Fairview Heights, Matthew Gregg of Chico, Calif., Quinn Baetz of San Fransico, Calif., Alex Gregg of Sacramento, Calif. and Madison Baetz of Normal, Okla.; a dear loving aunt, Neva; dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and his adopted family in Moldova.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Belleville or to MaKenna’s Broken Hearts in care of the Makenna Laurent Memorial Fund. Condolences may be offered at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com.
“Don’t cry because you miss me, smile because you knew me.”
A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held with his family and friends at a later date. Upon Jerry’s request, cremation was to be held.
LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights.