Harold J. Warren |
1927 - 2014
Resident of Hayward
Known as part of the Greatest Generation, that he truly was. A respected father, husband, brother, grandfather, friend to many and 60 year resident of the East Bay area, Harold J. Warren at age 86 passed away from a stroke in Hayward, CA.
Born in Grove City, MN and raised in the Depression, Harold was the oldest boy of 15 living children born to Martin and Inez Warren. He spent his early childhood honing his mechanical abilities in farming until he was old enough to lie about his age and join the Merchant Marines. At the age of 18 years old, he enlisted in the US Army where he served his country in Germany receiving two recognition medals. He worked hard to earn a promotion as the Foreman of the Munich Military Post, Engineer Field Maintenance Shop. In this capacity, Harold traveled all over Europe maintaining the Inspector General's Motor Pool. He had a special place in his heart for the German people and culture even though he was of Swedish/Norwegian descent and loved a good lutefisk dinner.
When his military career was over in 1952 Harold and his former wife Anneliese eventually settled in San Lorenzo, where they raised their two daughters Patsy and Sandy. As an avid deer hunter and restorer of jeeps, he built long lasting friendships that endured the test of time.
When Harold's first marriage came to an end he met and married Lore, moving to Hayward and expanding his family to include her two children, Karin and Steve. Harold and Lore shared a great love of music, travel and dancing that would span 33 wonderful years before she passed on in March, 2011.
Harold was known as a hard worker that could do anything he set his mind to. His strong, callused hands were a testament to his hard work ethic. He started his career hauling livestock to stockyards, once owned a General Tire shop and worked as a mechanic before joining the Teamsters Local 70 union in 1958. He retired from Yellow Freight in 1992 after professionally driving for 40+ years. Transportation was in his blood and he was proud of it.
Never one to avoid saying what he thought, Harold appreciated the telling of a good joke, long stories about the "old days", and engaging in a colorful debate. He found beauty in the great outdoors and enjoyed taking long road trips across America, dancing the polka and reading (usually resulting in a short nap) in his favorite chair. Active until the last weeks of his life, he could often be seen running around town with his faithful dog Heidi to visit his buddies at the donut shop, rebuilding a 1926 Ford TT hearse he loved so much and shooting the breeze with his family and many friends. He remained an active and participating member of many organizations including the VFW Post 9601, the American Legion Post 117, the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Nature Friends Tourist Club of Oakland, the Masonic Lodge, Teamsters Union local 70 and the Soiree Singles.
He is survived by his children Patricia Cheney of Brentwood CA, Sandra Warren of Knightsen CA, Karin Masden of Pasadena CA, Steven (Gina) MacFadden of Hayward CA, and three grandsons. He will also be greatly missed by his seven surviving siblings (four sisters and three brothers), his former wife Anneliese Warren and numerous friends.
Those wishing to express condolences are encouraged to consider a donation in Harold's memory to Heidelmann Lodge c/o Oakland Nature Friends 3115 Butters Drive, Oakland, CA 94602 or the Oakland SPCA. A memorial service to celebrate Harold's life will be held at 11am on Friday, March 21 at the Zion Lutheran Church, 5201 Park Blvd, Piedmont CA 94611.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Mar. 7, 2014