OBITUARY

Arnold W. Warner

November 22, 1930September 15, 2021
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Arnold William Warner passed away from this earthly life September 15, 2021 at his home with family by his side.

Arnold met the love of his life, Nancy, on a blind date that turned into more than 62 years of marriage. He leaves behind a legacy of love for his family and taught us the value of hard work, being honest, and helping others. His quiet spirit was his strength. He shared his kindness and love with all who entered his presence.

Dad had a passion for antiques and flea marketing that became his second career after retiring from MichCon after 38 years of service. Dad had the knack of turning almost anything old and used into something new and usable. If you were lucky, you might have found one of the little red wagons he resurrected with a “for sale” sign at the end of his driveway. Dad was always a diehard Lion and Tiger’s Fan. Even in his ninth inning of life, he would ask for Mom to turn the Tiger’s games on for him to listen to. For those who were lucky enough to be neighbors, Arnie was known as “The Mayor of Oriole Court." He was a member of Local ICWU.

He leaves behind his wife, Nancy; children Robert Warner (Cathy), Joe Warner (Ivy Golden), Karla VerHage (Ron); grandchildren Brandon, Corey (Ashley), Gabrielle, Kyle, Megan (Mitch) Tarn, Breanna, and Kaleaha Golden; three great-grandchildren; sister, Karen Bacon; brother and sisters-in-law Sue Phillips, William Braford (Pat), Barbara Braford, Sara Lerz (David Rouch). Those who preceded him in death include his parents Frank and Hellen Warner; siblings and in-laws Doris LaVere (George), Donald Warner (Dorothy), Ralph Warner, Byron Warner (Lois), Darrell Bacon, David Braford, Dawn Hubbard, Richard Braford, Thomas Braford, Robert Braford, and James Braford.

The family would like to thank friends and family for their support during this time as well as Hospice of Holland.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Wyoming Park United Methodist Church, 2244 Porter St., Wyoming MI, with visitation from 9:30-11 a.m. prior to service. In honor of Arnold, and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wyoming Park United Methodist Church, the National Marfan Foundation, or Hospice of Holland. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresgrandville.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 25, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 25, 2021

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Breonna Golden

September 19, 2021

My fondest memory is when my Grandpa gift me an antique clock. He gave me a tin box with over thirty keys in it, and told me to try them all until I found the right one. After thirty minutes of key searching, it turns out the key wasn’t there! So I returned the keys to my grandparents, and we all decided that we would try to find the key another day.

Well, I think I finally found the key.

Though it isn’t the key to open the clock that was passed down to me, it was to open my heart; and grandpa was that missing key.

I could care less it the clock ever opens; what really matters is it was from a man who was nothing short than amazing. It’s something I will cherish, and perhaps will even make an offical family heirloom; Grandpa did have a beautiful passion for clocks and restoring their natural beauty!

I couldn’t be more grateful that I was able to spend the time that I did with him. His kind eyes and his soft smile is something I’ll never EVER forget; it was so genuine and full of so much love, you’ll never see another like it!

And, Even despite his tiredness, he still got up from his chair to go outside and take graduation pictures with me; not only that, but he embraced me with open arms and welcomed me into a family that has only ever been loving and supportive— I’m forever honored that I can call him my grandpa.

I don’t want to make this any longer, but I do want to say I love you so much; we all do. This isn’t the end; we’ll meet again one day, granddad! ❤️

Pam Pickel-Bradfield

September 17, 2021

Many memories of our parents together at Blue lake… my favorite was all the adults (except Arnie) in the lake and they were chanting “Arnie!!! Can you come out and play!!!”
I miss these days!
Prayers and hugs to all

Love Pam Pickel-BRADFIELD

Kaleaha G

September 17, 2021

There’s so many great memories with my grandad, but I would definitely say that my favorite memory is when me and him just made eye contact and smiled at each other.

The main thing I will remember about him, is his smile. His smile lit up the room, and made everyone happy. He was the brightest shining star in a dark room. His little dad jokes were definitely the best of all. He was the most sweetest, most generous person possible. I loved when he would try to do things himself. “I can do it Nancy!” as he would say.

He has made a huge impact in my life, he will always have a place in my heart. If he was here today, I would definitely say “I love you, and thank you for all the laughs, and memories we’ve had together”

We all know your in a better place, and we all love you.

Dawn Buehler

September 17, 2021

I am so blessed to have been part of this family all these years. His love for antique clocks and the talent to bring them back to life is just one of many things I will always remember about him and will cherish the one he gave me forever ❤️

Hugs and prayers
The Buehler’s

Ivy Golden19

September 17, 2021

Everyday with Dad was a beautiful memory so I can’t choose just one. Dad was our rock and he kept us grounded. He taught me how to be a good human being no matter what trials and tribulations I endured in life. He will always be my HERO and nobody on this earth can ever replace him. No matter what Dad was going through he still smiled throughout it all. Dad my promise to you is that I will never forgot the major role you held in my life and I will forever take care of Mom until you get to hold her in your arms again. I’ll will forever practice all the things you taught me even though you didn’t realize you taught me lessons everyday of my life. You instilled so many values in all of us and words will never thank you enough. One of my best memory’s is when you got up out your chair and walked into the kitchen just to give Mom a kiss. I will forever miss you and I’ll try not to do to much loafing around Dad!

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