Ron Warenski
-- 1945 ~ 2011 --

Ronald E. Warenski, our husband, father, grandfather, and brother silently slipped from this earthly realm on August 10, 2011, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.

Ron was born on December 27, 1945, to Rex and Darlene Utley Warenski in Richfield, Utah. He was raised in Richfield and upon graduating from high school there in 1964, he entered the services where he served his country. Upon returning home, he married his high school sweetheart, Judy Ann Terry, on March 27, 1965. They had just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary.

Ron began working for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in 1965. The Rio Grande Railroad later sold to the Southern Pacific and eventually the Union Pacific Railroad. He often said he worked for three railroads and never left his same office and chair. He retired from the Union Pacific in May 2006.

Ron was a true sports enthusiast. His love of baseball gave him the opportunity to play as a young man and later coach his sons. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and four-wheeling with his family. Ron took great pride in his yard and home meticulously grooming it daily.

He served in the Utah National Guard over the years where he was awarded several merits of commendation. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He was a gentle giant with big bear paw hands that could do anything, and yet was a very quiet and unpretentious man always willing to give of himself when others were in need.

Ron’s greatest love was his family. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. He had a very strong work ethic and was so happy that this passed on to his children.

His example of love has been an emotional pillar of strength to his family these past few months as he has prepared us for his departure. His eyes reflected the struggles he faced, and his tears washed the pain away if only for a brief moment. We feel his heart beat ever so softly now, and silently we listen in quiet reflection for his encouraging words of guidance and peace to come upon us.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, and three children; Shawn (Tamara) Warenski of American Fork, Utah; Misty (Tom) Cash of West Valley City, Utah; and Shannon (Lonna) Warenski of Farmington, Utah; twelve grandchildren; brother, Michael Warenski of Richfield, Utah; and sister, Judy Hatch of Elsinore, Utah. He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Shane Rex Warenski, and a brother, Buster Warenski.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011, at 12:00 noon in the Colony LDS Ward Chapel located at 4251 South 4800 West, West Valley City, Utah. Family and friends may call on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church and also Friday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to services. Additional graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at 12:00 noon in the Richfield City Cemetery with full military honors. Family and friends may call from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to graveside services at the Richfield 15th LDS Ward Chapel, 10 South 200 East, Richfield, Utah. Funeral services have been entrusted to the care of Warenski Funeral Home of American Fork, Utah.

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