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John Michael "Haywire" Warihay III

Obituary Condolences

John Michael 'Haywire' Warihay III, formerly of Coatesville John Michael "Haywire" Warihay, III, 78, a resident of Texas since 1982, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He leaves behind his "angel" and wife of almost 30 years, Grace King. John was a loving and proud father to his four children, Rosaria Hawkins, Jay Warihay, Doreen Warihay and Johnna Baker; and two step-children, Janet Zamarripa and Scott King. John enjoyed spending time with his pet cockatiel, Martini; and was known for his card tricks and being a keen chess player. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late John (Jack) Warihay and Dorothy Bivens Warihay. He was a 1951 graduate of Coatesville Area High School. He was a two time state champion in swimming, shattering numerous state and school records, and was nominated to the high school All American Team. In 2005, John was inducted into the CASH Hall of Fame for his remarkable high school swimming records. He maintained close friendships with many of his high school classmates. Following high school, John attended the Augusta Military Academy. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a Signalman. John worked as a senior surveyor for Berger & Hayes and a senior draftsman at the Budd Company when his children were young. He continued to work in the construction industry until his retirement in Texas. In addition to his wife and children, John is survived by his sons- and daughters-in-law, Keith T. Hawkins, Christine Warihay, Karen Smith, Mike Baker and Philip Zamarripa; his grandchildren, Michelle Terry, Stefano Taraschi, Joshua Warihay, Evan Baker and Michael Baker; and a great- granddaughter, Isabella Warihay. Additionally, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, George and Frances Warihay, and sisters, Bette Moyer and Lillian McLaughlin. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Madrigale, and brothers-in-law, Robert Moyer and Carlo Madrigale. A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 25, at the Moose Lodge in Coatesville. Interment will be private.

Published in The Daily Local on May 22, 2012
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