John McNutt Warnke

Born: Mon., Dec. 7, 1942
Died: Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

Family to do services at later date

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John McNutt Warnke, 75, of Poway California, passed away at Sharp Memorial Medical Center on March 15, 2019 in San Diego, California.

John was born on December 7, 1942, to Arthur and Sarah (McNutt) Warnke in Palestine, Illinois.

John spent his childhood in Hutsonville, Illinois, and attended both Hutsonville grade and high schools.  John later received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rose-Hullman (formerly Rose Polytechnic Institute) in Indiana. After college, John served in Nha Trang, Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant with the Army Corp. of Engineers.

After his return from active duty, John settled and worked in the Poway, California area for the past forty years. In November, 1978, John married Sharon Boucher from Pennsylvania who preceded him in death.

John greatly enjoyed being active with the Boy Scouts where he became an Eagle Scout and attended Philmont in August of 1959. John also loved photography and found great joy in building and helping others with “projects” that needed to be constructed or refurbished. John’s greatest love were his dogs.  He raised many Huskies during his lifetime. Some of his favorites included Tempest, Storm, Blaze, Star, Chief Red Cloud, and Thunder Storm from the 1990s.

John was preceded in death by his parents.  John is survived by his sister, Sarah (Warnke) Hardy of Springfield; brother, Arthur Warnke (Karen); three nieces, Elizabeth Mitchell (Mike), Amanda Kim (Ed) both of Springfield; Meagan Stancomb (Jacob) of Williamsfield, Illinois, and several grand nieces and nephews.

John donated his remains to the University of California San Diego’s Body Donation Program. Graveside services will take place in the Hutsonville Cemetery, Hutsonville, Illinois at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the Hutsonville Historic Society, 10953 E. 1825th Ave., Hutsonville, Illinois 62433 or the Crawford County Historical Society, P.O. Box 554, Robinson, IL  62454-0554.

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Tonia Manhart
   Posted Thu March 21, 2019
So sorry for your loss.

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