March 31, 1920 – December 14, 2013
Vernon Hosea Warren, 93, devoted father and grandfather, passed away in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Hosea was born in Hico, Texas, on March 31, 1920, to Vernon Archard and Bessie Warren.
Hosea was the valedictorian of his high school and graduated from Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy in El Paso, Texas, in 1942. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy. He married Nellie Sparks on December 2, 1942, and they traveled to Chicago by train after the wedding reception. Hosea was commissioned to study meteorology for the Navy at the University of Chicago and Nellie would finish her degree there in economics.
A World War II veteran , Lieutenant Warren served in the Pacific Fleet. He was decorated with a Bronze Star for meritorious service successively as Aerological Officer at Biak, at Morotai, with Patrol Bombing Squaudron ONE HUNDRED ONE, aboard the U.S.S. ORCA and rendered invaluable service in analyzing and forecasting weather for forces of Aircraft, SEVENTH Fleet. After the war, Hosea re-enlisted in the Navy in 1949 and served as Officer in Charge, Naval Aerological Station, Attu, Alaska and later in Kodiak, Alaska at the Navy Weather Central.
Hosea returned to civilian life and after a short career in the oil business, he worked for 50 years at the Prudential Insurance Company of America in El Paso, Austin, and Houston. He was the Manager of the Austin and Houston Ordinary Agencies and served as the Director of Agencies of the Southwestern Home Office in Houston. He also was a past President of the Houston Association of Life Underwriters and was a mentor to many who knew him.
A devoted churchman, Hosea was a member of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Houston and served on the vestry as Senior Warden and was also Senior Warden at the Church of the Good Shepard in Austin. Fluent in Spanish, Hosea enjoyed his mission trips to Honduras. An avid golfer, Hosea was a long-time member of Pine Forest Country Club and also made 5 holes-in-one! Hosea was preceded in death by his loving wife Nellie. He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Todd, Ellen Lee and husband Randy; five grandchildren, Shannon Mills, and husband Jason, Alexis Goodson, Becky Lee, Kevin Lee and wife Natalie, Robert Todd and wife Kasey; and seven great-grandchildren, Grayson, Jackson, James, Warren, Emma, Kyle, and Brady. He is also survived by his loving Aunt Oleta Aiken, and several cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm on December 19 , 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 12535 Perthshire Road, Houston, Texas 77024.
- Memorial Service Thursday, December 19, 2013
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December 28, 2013
ellen we are so sorry about Hosea. I just loved him. I didnt know at the time because I would have come to the service. My dad is 94 and also served in Alaska during world war 2. I can't believe we never knew that. Gail and Lowell
December 19, 2013
Dear Suzanne and Ellen and Family: I was privileged to meet your Dad in the 70's when we both worked for Prudential. Through the years I got to know him better when I leased office space for his agencies and when he worked in the Home Office. We maintained contact though the Pru retiree club and I contacted him on several occasions to ascertain his health. You should be so proud of what a wonderful man he was. Honest, God fearing, wonderful temperament and outstanding insurance man. He was the epitome of the gentlemen I have known through the years. A few years ago when he was contemplating a move to the retirement community, he contacted me about selling some of his Pru stock and I told him that my commission was 10%!! We both laughed and I gave him the info he needed. I last saw him a few months ago at Alec Hochman's funeral. It was great to shake his hand again. We will miss him terribly and we will keep you in our prayers. I wanted to attend the services today but my wife is a paraplegic and our caregivers do not come today. Rest assured he and you will be in our thoughts today. Again, Hosea was the finest man I have ever known, bar none.
Rod Montz (email@example.com)
December 18, 2013
My condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. Warren. May you be comforted by reflecting back on the many good times you enjoyed together. Also you can look forward to the end to all causes of death and the heartaches it brings.
December 17, 2013
My husband and I first met Hosea in the early 1980's when he came out to our house to sell us life insurance. My husband maintained close contact with him for many years and thought so very highly of him. He was the nicest man - so easy to talk to and always with a sense of humor. Last time I spoke with Hosea was when he called to offer condolences after my Ken passed away. A great loss for us but what a great reward for Hosea and all those waiting for him in heaven.
December 16, 2013
I first met Hosea in the late 1970's when I was assigned to the ushering team he captained at Holy Spirit Episcopal. I immediately recognized he was a good man and possessed many qualities I admired.
At a Holy Spirit silent auction in the early 1990's, we bid on and won a week's use of a house in Cloudcroft, NM. I was pleased to learn that the "cabin" had been donated by Hosea's family. Our road trip and the time at the Warren's mountain home gave us respite from Houston that summer and continues, over 20 years later, to provide great memories.
In recent years, visiting with Hosea at church services and events always made me glad I had attended that day.
Hosea was a man with much to give and he gave generously.
May you rest well, my friend.
December 16, 2013
HOSEA WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO WAS A MENTOR AND FRIEND TO ME. I WAS VERY PROUD TO CALL HIM MY FRIEND. WE PLAYED GOLF TOGETHER AT PRU MEETINGS AND GATHERINGS. HE WAS A PERSON YOU COULD TALK AND SHARE WITH. HE ALWAYS HAD GOOD ADVICE WITH MUCH LOVE IN ALL HE HAD TO SAY. I NEVER HEARD HIM SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT ANYONE. I WILL MISS HIM GREATLY, BUT ALL THOSE GREAT PIECES OF ADVICE ARE STILL WITH ME - AS ALL THOSE GREAT MEMORIES I HAVE OF HIM. WITH MUCH LOVE AND ADMIRATION. DON HENSLEY