Warren F. Spath, age 88, of Medford, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013 at his home in Medford. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville. Rev. James Babler will officiate. A visitation will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and again visitation will be held Thursday from 10:00 AM until the time of services at the church in Stetsonville. Burial will follow the service at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Stetsonville.
Warren was born February 21, 1925 to Clarence and Lorena (Jahrmarkt) Spath in Nebraska. Warren and Arlene Buckendahl were joined in marriage on October 6, 1946 in Norfolk, NE. They farmed in Nebraska until 1958 when they moved to Wisconsin, where Warren farmed for 20 years in the Little Black Township. He moved to Dorchester in 1978 and worked as a custodian for Dorchester Elementary School for 14 years until retiring in 1992. Warren and Arlene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996.
Warren enjoyed playing cards and trips to the casino. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Warren is survived by his daughter, Shirley (Leon) Gonnering of Marshfield, and his sons: Melvin Spath of Eau Claire, Merlin Spath of Lisle, IL, and Lynn (Glenda Wiese) Spath of Medford, his grandchildren: Kari (Andrew) Selbach of Winston-Salem, NC, Heather (Andrew) Melvin of Greendale, WI, Adam (Pauline) Gonnering of Zimmerman, MN, Jody (Scott) Graham of Plymouth, MA, Jason (Ashley) Barlow of Mesa, AZ, Tracey (Jason) Baker of Eaton, NY, Misty (Marlon) Fruittrell of Alpharetta, GA, and Daniel Bishop. Warren is further survived by his great grandchildren: Lauren and Nathan Selbach, Katelyn and Ryan Melvin, Gracie, Emma, Ethan, and Evan Baker, Carson and Ella Fruittrell, Preston Barlow, and Isabelle, Sophia, and Olivia Graham; his sister, Ruth Steil of Scribner, NE, his sisters-in-law, Helen Spath of North Bend, NE, Dorothy Kirkpatrick of St. Joseph, MO, and Betty Molacek of Columbus, NE.
Warren is preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, his brother, Harold Spath, and sister, Ardene Greiser.
The Maurina Schilling Funeral Home of Dorchester is assisting the Spath family with funeral arrangements.
A memorial will be established in Warren's name at a later date.
The family would like to extend a special "Thank You" to Hope Hospice for the care that was provided.