Demaine Funeral Home


Robert Leonard Warren

September 3, 1932February 1, 2020

Robert “Bob/Rob/Leo" Leonard Warren, CAPT USN (Ret), died peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the age of 87. Born September 3, 1932 in Ferguson, Missouri to John and Margaret (Beardsley) Warren. Robert graduated high school and enlisted in the Navy where he served on the USS Boxer during the Korean War. He was selected to attend the US Naval Academy and reported in June of 1954 where he roomed in the 8th company with his future brother-in-law, Jim Clarkson. Upon graduation, Robert entered the fleet as a surface warfare officer and eventually became the commanding officer of the USS Leonard F. Mason during the Vietnam War. He achieved the rank of Captain and after a series of senior staff positions, retired in 1988.

Robert married his USNA roommate’s younger sister, Elizabeth “Betsy” Clarkson in 1959 and they lived in California, Hawaii, Norfolk, and Northern Virginia with their two daughters, Wendy and Patricia. After retiring, Rob and Betsy settled in Springfield, VA where Betsy continued her nursing career and Rob was able to purse his passions, tennis and model railroading. Rob and Betsy enjoyed bird watching, wine tasting, and spending time with their daughters’ families in North Carolina.

Rob is survived by his dear wife Betsy, daughter Wendy Garner and her 4 children, Elizabeth Ann, Lindsay, Tim, and Mary; and daughter Pat Bryan, her husband David Bryan and their 2 children, Stephen and Beth; and by his sister-in-law, Irene Warren. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Bill Warren.

Internment with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined. A service at the Old Post Chapel will precede internment.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 6, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021


Robert Leonard Warren

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