Warren peacefully passed away at home on March 24, 2013 with his cherished wife by his side. Warren was born in San Antonio, TX at Santa Rosa Hospital. In another six years he was in another Santa Rosa, this one in California where his father had been transferred to the Naval Air Station there. Warren attended St. Rose School, Santa Rosa High School and Santa Rosa Junior College. His love of flying led him to work part-time to pay for flying lessons and he earned his Private Pilot's license before he entered the US Air Force Pilot Training Program. After two years of Cadet Training, he graduated and received a Regular Officer's Commission. He liked to say that he acquired his Wings, a new car and his true-love in the space of a week. During his nine and a half years in the Air Force, he served in Strategic Air Command. He flew many classified missions in the Airborne Command Post during the Cuban Missile/Bay of Pigs crisis and a number of other classified missions in the Far East. While in SAC he earned his college Bachelors Degree under a joint government and University of Maryland program. This included a course in Russian needed in flying the Airborne Command during such critical times. In 1966 Warren decided to relinquish his Regular Officer's Captaincy and joined Trans World Airlines as a commercial pilot. Starting as Flight Engineer, then First Officer (co-pilot) and then Captain. In 1987 Warren was given the TWA Award of Excellence for Flight Operations as Outstanding Pilot for the year 1986. He retired in 1992. During his school years he was active in sports: tennis, basketball and baseball. He played semi-pro baseball for one summer in Santa Clara. During the TWA years and after retirement, those sports gave way to his passion for golf. Warren was a member of Marin Country Club for 43 years. He served as Vice President on the Board of Directors when the club was purchased and became a private entity/ members only club. Warren met the love of his life, Jeannie, when they were in high school. Both had college and USAF Pilot Training commitments which resulted in a seven year courtship. They were married in 1958 sharing a deep love for one another for 54 years. Warren faithfully maintained close friendships with high school, TWA and Marin Country Club friends. These bonds he valued highly. Warren was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Dorothy Ahr and his beloved daughter Kathy Ahr Herrera. He is survived by cherished wife Jeanie, his devoted son Michael (Catharine) Ahr; treasured grandchildren Carolyn, Andrew and Madelyn Ahr; Morgan, Julianne, Hayley and Jaimee Herrera; loving sister JoAnn (Jim) Cuneo; brother-in-law Norman (Lynda) Bostock; and numerous neices and nephews. The family gratefully acknowledges the compassionate care provided by Hospice By The Bay. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1000 Cambridge Way, Novato, on Friday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice By The Bay, 17 East Sir Francis rake Blvd, Larkspur, CA 94939 or a
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 31 to Apr. 5, 2013