NEWARK — A funeral service for James Willard Warner will be held on Saturday, at 11 a.m., at the Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Wilson Cemetery, where the Licking County Veterans Alliance will provide military funeral honors. Friends and family may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday, at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St., in Newark.
Mr. Warner, 77, of Newark, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at the Selma Markowitz Hospice Center in Newark. He was born Aug. 27, 1936, in Quaker City, a son of the late Jessie W. and Zella (Long) Warner. Willard always felt close ties to the Church of Christ, going back to his formative years. A 1955 graduate of Utica High School, he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1957, trained as an aircraft mechanic and was honorably discharged in 1962. For 45 years, he worked at Kaiser Aluminum in Heath retiring from the service department in 2000. Willard liked farming and helped several area farmers and was known as a tireless worker. He also enjoyed woodworking.
He leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Suzann (Elliott) Warner; daughters, Sara (Jeff) Wilson of Newark and Natalie K. (Chris) Trick of Newark; sisters Georgianna (Charles) Leasure of Colorado, Norma Lee Warner of Reynoldsburg and Shirley (Frank) Ford of Georgia; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved border collie, “Buddy”.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio for the Selma Markowitz Hospice Center, PO Box 430, Newark, OH 43058; or the Licking County Humane Society, 825 Thornwood Dr., SW, Heath, OH 43056.
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