David Ervin Warman Sr., 82, passed away peacefully at home in Edwardsville on Thursday, May 16, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Poole Warman, with whom he celebrated more than 50 years of marriage before her passing in 2006.
David was born in Larksville on July 17, 1930, the son of the late Jacob and Mary O'Malley Warman, and attended Larksville public schools. In 1950, David was a member of the 109th Field Artillery and was aboard the troop transport train involved in a crash that killed 33 of his fellow soldiers. He completed his training in Indiana and served in Germany before returning home.
He worked for many years for Blue Ribbon Bakery in Kingston, and helped establish operations in Columbus, Ga., following hurricane Agnes in 1972. He returned to the area and worked many more years during the construction of the Susquehanna Nuclear Plant in Salem Township. David also worked for Edwardsville Borough and after his retirement at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
David was active in the early days with Edwardsville-Larksville Little League and was a past commander of the Catholic War Veterans Post 752 in Edwardsville. He was a member of the VFW Post 283 and the American Legion Anthracite Post 395 in Kingston, as well as a life member of the AFL-CIO. He participated in parades and helped organize many Easter egg hunts, Christmas parties and family trips to sporting events in Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore.
David was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Eleanor; his son James; his brothers, James and John; and sisters, Anna Warman, Margaret Hankey, Stella Warman, Mary Usavage and Ellen Gardzalla.
He is survived by his children, Toni Warman, Luzerne; Patricia Wilk and her husband, Larry, Shavertown; David Warman Jr. and his wife, Laura, Edwardsville; Kevin Warman, Edwardsville; Dale Warman and his wife, Adilia, Lansdowne, and Mariellen McGough and her husband, William, Edwardsville. He also leaves a legacy of grandchildren in Heather Ebersole, Edwardsville; Tara Dacey, Blacksburg Va.; Robert and Ryan Jordan, Edwardsville; William and Nicholas Wilk, Shavertown; and Samantha Warman, Parkersburg W.Va.; as well as great-grandchildren, Gage, Madelyn, Alivia and Colin.
David has too many nieces and nephews to list, many of whom called him by his nicknames "Eaver" and "Uncle Honey." He cherished time with his extended family and friends, whether playing cards, having picnics or spending vacation at Harveys Lake and Washko's Grove.
The family thanks the staff at Kingston Commons, where David spent extended time before returning home last year.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday from Williams-Hagen Funeral Home Inc., 114 W. Main St., Plymouth, with the Rev. Ronald Cease officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Kingston Commons Resident Council, 540 Wyoming Ave., Kingston.
Williams-Hagen Funeral Home Inc.
114 West Main Street Plymouth, PA 18651
Published in Times Leader on May 19, 2013