Robert “Bob” D. Warren, age 93, passed away at Avera-Sacred Heart Hospital on Monday, February 16, 2015 following a brief illness.
Bob was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on December 14, 1921 and was raised by foster parents, Thadius and Laura Warren in Youngstown, Ohio. On September 12, 1942, at the age of 19 he enlisted in the Army Air Corp as a B-17 bomber pilot and served four years during WWII. His love of flying started at a very early age and made his first solo flight at the age of 14. During his tour of duty as a member of the 346th Bomber Squadron, he saw combat in the Air Offensive Europe, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Normandy, Northern France, Southern France, Rhineland, PO Valley, North Apennines and Air Combat in the Balkans. Bob received a battlefield commission of Captain.
Following his honorable discharge from the serve, he made his home in Watertown, South Dakota as a flight instructor. In 1950, Bob moved to Yankton and was a flight instructor at the Yankton and Vermillion Airports. During this time, he was also elected as the Deputy Sheriff and ultimately Sheriff of Yankton County. He was also a member of the Yankton Volunteer Fire Department and at the time of his death had the distinction of being the oldest living member of the Retired Volunteer Fire Department in Yankton.
On June 25, 1961, Bob was united in marriage to Jeannette Korves and they enjoyed 53 years of marriage. He was self-employed for a number of years in Yankton as well as working for Job Service, Dale Electronics, M-Tron, and Custom Coils of Alcester from where he retired at age 67. He retirement years were spent collecting memorability of WWII and die-cast replicas of all types of airplanes, cars, trucks, farm equipment, and more of which he had an extensive collection. He enjoyed having his morning coffee with his friends at McDonalds. Even at his advanced age, he still expressed his desire to fly.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, Volunteer Fire Department, and served a number of years on the Yankton Airport Advisory Board.
Memorial services will be held at the Legacy Burial & Cremation Solutions in Yankton, a branch of Goglin Funeral Home, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015 with military honors.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Warren of Yankton; son, David Warren of Charlotte, NC; brothers and sister-in-laws, John D. & Judy Korves of Holland, MI, and Dave & Deb Gunnick of Omaha, NE; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
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