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In Memory

Donald Warnock

Donald Carl Warnock

1943 - 2020

Donald Carl Warnock, 76, passed away peacefully at Brookdale Senior

living facility on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Donald was born on June 14, 1943 in Kenosha, the son of the late Carl & Elizabeth (Molinaro) Warnock. He was educated in Kenosha schools and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1961. Donald married the love of his life, Nancy Haubrich, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kenosha on May 24, 1969 - the only sunny Saturday during that month. After a long and varied series of jobs, Don spent his last 26 working years as a Construction Project Manager at the United States Military Entrance Processing Command - Great Lakes.

Don had a great devotion to sunshine and summertime, which was clear in how much time he spent playing softball and working in his yard. When not on the ball field or in the yard, Don could be found dancing to rock and roll music in the kitchen, sneaking off to Seven Mile Fair with his younger brother Jeff, going for drives down by the lake (sometimes observing the speed limit), and drinking beer while eating pizza and watching his ridiculously large TV. Don's retirement years were some of the happiest of his life, as he was able to spoil his three cherished grandchildren, who knew that Grandpa would never say no to taking them out to dinner and would always have money in his pockets for the ice cream man.

Don leaves behind his beloved wife, Nancy Warnock; his two doting daughters: Jenna (Dale) Gospodarek of Kenosha and Angela (Andrew) Milock of Marshall; two brothers: Wayne (Sandi) Warnock of Clinton , TN and Jeff (Shirley) Warnock of Kenosha; his baby sister Cheryl Ann Warnock of Kenosha; his devoted sister-in-law Marianne Watring, and his three adored and adoring grandchildren, Noah, Michael, and Anna.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Pat Peterson, who was his first dance partner.

The family wishes to extend their sincere and heartfelt gratitude for the loving, compassionate, and high quality care that Don was provided by the nurses, resident assistants, and other staff members at Brookdale-Kenosha Memory Care. Though our family was not able to care for Don at home, it gave us a tremendous amount of comfort to know that he was looked after and loved by so many wonderful, kindhearted people throughout these last five difficult years. Don's end-of-life journey was eased by the incomparable care given to him and us by the professionals at Hospice Alliance. We, Don's family, will hold all of you in our hearts forever for everything you did for him.

Per the family's wishes, a visitation will be held at a later date. Until then, in memory of Don, please enjoy a triple-decker peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a large glass of milk.

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03/25/20 01:47 PM #1    

Bernard Covelli

I am deeply sorry to read about the passing of Don. My deepest sympathies to his wife and children and grandchildren at this sad time in their lives. I recall many fond times with Don in and out of school. Rest in peace Don, I know you are  in a better place.

as i look at Don' s school pic, i can see the fun and goodtimes in his eyes we always had. Just a happy guy on every occasion....miss you buddy

03/25/20 01:47 PM #2    

Cherie Krohn (Ketchum)

And so we lose another!  How sad, but it sounds like Don enjoyed his family and life!  Don was one of my first dance partners at Lincoln Jr Hi Social Centers.  One of the first friends I made when I moved into Kenosha from the 'country'.  There was a group of us who used to hand around the Lincoln Pharmacy on 14th ave just south of 68th str (I think).  Guys would ride around on their bikes and the girls would saunter along the sidewalk.  Sometimes we managed to scrape enough coins together to get a couple cokes to share.  Good memories!  I was lucky to maybe get to dance with him again at a couple of the reunions.  I'm so sorry for his family.  My prayers are with them in this time of grief.  I hope you are at peace Don.

03/25/20 04:58 PM #3    

Jack Siebert

I am always sorry to read about a classmate dying, but in particular when that person and I shared part of our youth. Thanks for the memories Don and my condolences to your family on your loss.  

03/25/20 06:25 PM #4    

Thomas White


My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. Donny was a good friend and neighbor, we went from  Lincoln Grade School through Bradford High School  together.  From playing softball to wrestling on the same team. I have many great memories of our friendship.

Donny you will be missed.

Tom White



03/25/20 10:07 PM #5    

Linda Veale (Elsen)

Sorry to read of his loss. Sounds like he had a great life.

03/25/20 11:05 PM #6    

Thomas Sorensen

Don and I had some fierce table tennis matches over a two year period at the rec center next to lincoln jr hi. His competitive nature normailly prevailed but I usually gave him a good match. the Mele brothers were part of that summer fun from 8-10 grades. Then Donnie got completely involved with wrestling, which was his high school love. Great guy who was always warm and friendly at reunions.

03/26/20 09:12 AM #7    

Jerald Greco

Our concolences to the Warnock Family. Don was a very good high school friend. Lost track of him post school days but remembering good times together. Lots of scooping the loop in his huge Packard with it's hydraulic levelers. Funny, one time he'd go thru main street with the front end raised up and the next time with the rear end raised up. Don, you will be missed by all his family and friends. RIP my friend.

Jerry and Teri Lea Greco



03/26/20 03:27 PM #8    

John Sturino

I've known Don since we were in elementary school (Frank).  So many fun times, and so sad to read of his passing.

03/26/20 05:36 PM #9    

James Roy

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
Above all, may silence make you strong.

My deepest condolences goes out to the Warnock family. Don was a friend and a cross country teammate.

Jim Roy






03/26/20 09:52 PM #10    

Gary Hillesland

I'm trying to remember Donald, what weight did he wrestle at?  It's been so long ago. My condolences to his family.

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