Warren, the third of four children of Matilda and Harry Wieland, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 4, 1921. During World War II, Warren, a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps, served as a B-17 bomber pilot, completing 25 missions. In recognition of his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals.
On August 12, 1944, after his return from England, he married Alice Irene King. Together they had five children, but Penny only survived for 11 days. For most of his adult life Warren worked for Duro Metal Products, first as a salesman and then as Director of Sales.
Alice and Warren were original members of St. Thomas Becket Parish and helped build the church, a source of great pride to them both. Alice preceded Warren in death in 2015 after 71 years of marriage.
Warren has four remaining children: Patricia (Timothy [d.]) Ladewig, Pamela (Mark Riske), Paul (Pamela) and Steven (Debby) Wieland; and five grandchildren: Ryan (Amanda) Ladewig, Erik (Kedri) Ladewig, Steven (Jaren) Wieland, Lindsay (Robert) Wallace, and Kristen Wieland. He also has four great grandchildren: Emma, Reed, Addison, and Camden.
This background information is helpful, but we want to take a moment to tell you what a truly special man Warren, our father, was. He was kind, compassionate and giving. In a time when demonstrations of affection were less common, he and mom were always kissing and cuddling. They demonstrated for us the importance of open love and caring. As our mother developed Alzheimer’s and began to lose herself, our father was amazing. He cared for her with unfailing devotion. Because of him, and with the help of hospice in her last days, mom was able to die peacefully at home. Dad often said how blessed he was in his family, but we are the ones who were blessed.
When asked about his longevity, Dad always said with a smile that “I take good care of myself!” This from a man who loved the salad dressing far more than the salad; who loved his Good and Plenty candy (and almost any other candy) to his last day; and who thought a picnic was roughing it. We chalk it up to good genes and a loving nature.
Our father was always willing to help, whether it was serving as one of the original lectors at St. Thomas Becket, a calling he performed for almost 30 years; acting as chair of the Rob Roy Architecture Committee when they lived in that community; or involving himself in the life of Brookdale, including helping design the Welcome Information handout. As the last surviving member of our family’s “greatest generation,” he was also a major support to family as our aunts and uncles began to fail. Our cousins and their families know what a rock he was.
When a man as special as our father dies, the world becomes a little less bright. Dad was a man of deep, quiet faith. While we will miss him tremendously, we take comfort in the fact that he led a wonderful life and died peacefully, secure in the knowledge that he was deeply loved and respected by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, Warren's family believe he would want donations to go to Fisher House Foundation, an Organization that builds comfort homes where military and veteran families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital.
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