Warren Clark Breezee, Jr.
Sad to see uncle Warren go so quick and unexpected. I will miss the holidays and times we had together.
“I'm ready if the good Lord wants to take me. I've had a good life.” That's what Warren told me just a few days before he passed to our Lord.
I first met Warren when he came to work as a patrol officer at the Chaska Police Department in 1973. We were patrol officers together and worked the night shift. I trained him in.. We shared thoughts and our hopes for the future. I later became the Chief of Police and Warren became our Detective and later Detective Sergeant.
After gaining a confession from a suspect - Warren would almost always make a comment to a colleague - “He's not such a bad guy”. I think maybe that is what made him so good at his job - he had empathy for everyone and even suspects could sense that this gentle and kind man saw the good in people. Maybe you have heard of or watched the TV Show “The Closer” which came along long after Warren retired. I'll tell you something, Warren played the part in real life. He was the Chaska Police Department Closer.
But in a small town like Chaska, police officers wear more than one hat. One of Warren's hats was that of the voice of our remote controlled robot police car that stands about halfway up to a six year old child. Warren and his school liaison officer partners would bring 911 to elementary school classes to teach children how to be safe. The car would drive around and talk to the children. Warren, who was hidden and wearing a radio microphone transmitted his voice to a speaker inside 911. Warren made his voice sound just like a friendly non-threatening Goofy. I can still vividly hear his voice. Hi! I'm 911! What's your name?” There were squeals of delight from the children and lots of hugs too. I know that Warren felt every one of those hugs. He loved children so.
Something I did just learn about this past year was that Warren had befriended a local handicapped man who would wander the streets of Chaska at all hours of the day and night. At sometime over 20 years ago, Warren took him under his wing and looked out for him. Well the man moved away a year or so ago and Warren asked me to help find out where he was living. It turns out that Warren has sent this man a birthday card with a little something in it over all these years. We did locate the man and he got his card. That's the kind of man that Warren was.
Warren loved his wife Phyllis and son Gerrod and grand-daughter Braxton. Over the years he expressed great pride in Jerrod as he was growing into a fine young man but most recently it was Braxton. He claimed that she was so smart that someday she might be the President of the United States. I'm not sure if he wanted her to be a democrat or a republican though. Warren was an independent.
Warren left us sooner than any of us ever expected. Most of us didn't really get a chance to say a proper goodbye. But I know that If there is a fishing lake in Heaven, Warren is scouting it out right now with his new favorite fishing guide. You may remember the Biblical story of how Jesus told the deciples where to cast the fishing nets that then filled them to bursting. Warren is with that guide right now and telling great fish stories.
“I'm ready if the good Lord wants to take me.” I believe the good Lord wanted him. He wanted our Warren and we will miss him dearly until we join him at his new favorite fishing spot.
Men rarely tell other men that they love them and I never did tell him so now I tell you. I loved Warren.
Warren was such a kind and considerate man. Hang on to the memories . . . looks like there were lots of them! My heart is with the family.
Warren was a very special man!! Phyllis enjoy all those memories you greated together and the beautiful family you created!!! Your all in my thoughts and prayers!
Warren was a wonderful nephew Always a smile and warm welcome. Someday we will all walk with him in heaven. Phyllis
hold all the memories close to your heart.
Love Mel and Shirley