Warren Alois Wass, 92, passed away surrounded by his family at his home on April 25, 2014. Born in Santa Barbara, January 18, 1922, Warren was the first of five sons of Warren and Marie Wass. His senior year of high school, he fell in love with the girl who sat in front of him in German class, Honor Phibbs. The demand for doctors during WWII brought about Warren's early graduation from Stanford University, Stanford Medical School, and UC Medical School at San Francisco as a radiologist to become a US Army Captain. Warren and Honor married in 1944 and reared three daughters. |
In 1952, the family moved to Lodi. As a founder of Delta Radiology, he practiced until his retirement in 1987. Following his passion, he immediately returned to work, eventually as a radiologist for Kaiser Permanente until 2010, when he reluctantly retired.
His genuine broad smile and grand baritone laugh warmed every room he entered. Always a great story-teller, Warren enraptured loved ones as he spun adventures from his lively mill of imagination and incredible depth of knowledge. A generous philanthropist, he supported charities locally and globally.
His enthusiasm for life was expressed in his photography, especially of wild flowers, elaborate wilderness expeditions with fishing buddies, marvelous family vacations, and sincere concern for others. Deaf much of his life, he communicated with loved ones through active sports early in life and spirited cribbage games in his later years. Adored by all, he was regularly greeted with a hug and "Hi, Dr. Wass."
Warren is survived by his wife, Honor, and his daughters, Sarah Smith (Ross) of Salinas, Margaret Stovall (Ralph) of Woodbridge, and Pamela Rozycki (Marek) of Modesto, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The family expresses their sincere gratitude for the attentive care Warren received from the Lodi Memorial medical staff, caregivers of Hospice of San Joaquin County, and Visiting Angels.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1055 South Lower Sacramento Road in Lodi.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to: Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation, 845 S. Fairmont Ave, Suite 3, Lodi, CA 95240; St. John's Episcopal Church building fund, 1055 S. Lower Sacramento Rd., Lodi, CA 95242; or Hospice of San Joaquin County, 3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 9 to May 16, 2014