David Paul Warner, 56, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at his rural Flandreau home.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Messiah Lutheran Church in rural Flandreau. Burial is in Lone Rock Cemetery in Flandreau. Visitation is Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Skroch Funeral Chapel.
David was born on Dec. 15, 1956, to Paul and Betty (Folster) Warner in Omaha, Neb. He was beloved as a child, especially by his grandmother. David served as an acolyte, lay reader, shined shoes in his neighborhood and played the trumpet, drums and trombone.
David attended Omaha South High School, where he was a talented athlete in both football and baseball. He also cared about human rights. David was an energetic entrepreneur, who began his own construction business at age 15. He married Rosemary (Gottlieb) in 1974.
David later joined the U.S. Army, where he received his GED and trained as a scout during the Vietnam era. A son, Justin Warner was born on Dec. 12, 1991.
David had been called by God into ministry and in 1989 got a degree in ministerial studies, counseling and biblical studies at an Extension program of Bartlesville Wesleyan University, Bartlesville, Okla. In 1993 he got an associates of art degree in biblical studies and in 2003 a degree in ministry, both at Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, Colo. David’s career included work for the Billy Graham Crusade, service as a pastor, evangelist, radio show host, and the owner of a construction and home inspection company.
David married Tricia Waxdahl on July 5, 2003, in Flandreau.
A daughter, Caitlin Warner was born on April 23, 2007. David performed her baptism. Although he was injured and endured 39 surgeries, David’s knowledge of the Bible, his faith and witness for God always remained his greatest strength. He loved his wife, his children, family and friends. He enjoyed movies, music, horses, eagles, camping, the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers.
He is survived by his wife, Tricia of Flandreau; daughter, Caitlin of Flandreau; son, Justin of Bellevue, Neb., mother-in-law, Ginnie Waxdahl of Flandreau; two brothers, James (Joyce) Bayly and Mark (Diane) Warner; brother-in-law Tyler (Myra) Waxdahl of Watertown; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Betty Warner and his father-in-law, Gordon Waxdahl.
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