Robert Arthur Warren
September 18, 1925 – March 6, 2018
Robert Arthur Warren, 92, of Plano, Texas passed away Tuesday, March 6th of complications of the flu. He died peacefully, surrounded by family.
Bob was born September 18,1925, in Decatur, Illinois to William and Lucille (McDermott) Warren. Bob proudly served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps, during World War II. The last plane he flew was a B-25. He graduated from the University of Illinois, then began his 43 year career with State Farm Insurance Companies in Bloomington, Illinois as an accountant. Bob quickly transferred to a career in sales as an agent, moving to Dallas, Texas in 1951. It was there that Bob met and married his wife Carol Keller. They were married 65 years.
His career moved their family to Boulder, Colorado; Lincoln, Nebraska; Bloomington, Illinois; and back to Dallas where he assumed the leadership role for the Southwestern Region of State Farm for over 20 years.
Bob’s ability to connect with people on a genuine level, regardless of position, made him a well respected leader and mentor. He had an uncanny ability to remember people’s names, their own life stories and their families. Never one to sit behind a desk, he thrived on interacting with people on a daily basis and had a way of making everyone feel appreciated.
Bob was good at just about everything he tried. He could play the ukulele, sing, remember and recite countless poems, shoot pool with the best, and tell a good story. However, his favorite hobby was playing golf with his many good friends over the years.
He would be the first to say that he led a charmed life. From a Great Depression childhood, he worked hard and achieved so much, yet never took it for granted. He loved and was loved by his family and friends. Bob had a smile for everyone he met.
Bob is survived by his wife, Carol, and their children, Mike Warren (Pat), Pat Warren (Lisa), and Nancy Irwin (Jeff). Also, grandchildren Liz Warren Kydoniefs (Taso), Rachel Warren Hudson (Richard), and Jon (Allix), Drew, Katie and Samantha Warren; and great grandson Leo Kydoniefs. He is also survived by his brothers, Billy and Larry Warren, and his sister, Mary Sue Albright. Bob was predeceased by his daughter, Laura.
A private family memorial service will be held in the coming weeks.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the John Wayne Cancer Institute, at https://california.providence.org/john-wayne/giving/, the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, at www.scottishritehospital.org, or the charity of your choice.
- A private family Memorial Service will be held in the coming weeks.
Robert Arthur Warren
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March 26, 2018
Robert was the oldest of my three brothers and though we didn't live close, we had a wonderful close relationship full of wonderful memories. He called me his "baby sister" and always recalled when he was going into the Army Air Corps WWII as I was starting kindergarten.
I will always love and miss him.
March 16, 2018
He always made me laugh since I was a young child. Enjoyed our family gatherings. Will miss you Uncle Bob....thanks for the memories ❤️
March 12, 2018
Very sad to see that Bob has died. He was my "first" RVP at State Farm. Shortly after I was hired he spoke at an employee function. He emphasized how State Farm was a "family" and that that it was the dedicated employees that made the company great. This was an inspiration for the next 30 years I was associated with SF. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Ron and Cheryl Fluker
March 11, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you. Bob was a brilliant, caring and compassionate man. An incredible family man balancing a wonderful career throughout the years. What a legacy! We owe many of our joys in life to this great man. Thanks for sharing him with us. We'll miss him.
March 8, 2018
So Sorry for the loss of Mr. Warren. He was a Gentleman in every sense of the word, and he treated everyone at State Farm with respect. His friendly, smooth, demeanor and humor were legendary among employees. Sympathy and prayers for the family and many friends.