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Pvt. Heath D. Warner

Pvt. Heath D. Warner, age 19, of Canton, died in the line of duty at Alanbar Province in Haqlaniya, Iraq on Wednesday, November 22, 2006.

He was born on Friday, January 2, 1987, in Massillon, and was a life resident of Canton. He was a 2005 graduate of McKinley High School. He had been a Boy Scout, taught break dancing at Living Fountain Dance Company and was a member of the McKinley Young Republican Club. He enjoyed reading, martial arts, and was teaching himself Japanese and Arabic. Following high school, Heath attended Parris Island Training Depot and Camp Geier, N.C., where he became a gunner with the U.S. Marine Corp. He had been serving in Iraq since Sept. 11, 2006. Heath was a member of Bethel Temple Assembly of God. Heath had a deep love for God, family and his country. Heath was a wonderful son who cared for everyone he knew.

He touched many lives and will be sadly missed by his parents, Scott N. and Melissa J. (Metzger) Warner of Canton. Heath was a true leader, an awesome friend and wonderful brother to Chandler and Ashton Warner. In addition, Heath is survived by maternal grandparents, Randy and Linda Metzger of Bolivar, Ohio; uncle and aunt, Doug and Gina Metzger of Wadsworth, Ohio. Paternal grandparents are James and Ida Warner of Louisville, Ohio; uncle, Michael Warner of Pensacola, Fla., uncle and aunt, Jeff and Dawn Warner of College Park, Md., uncle and aunt, Mark and Kris Warner of Circleville, Ohio, uncle and aunt, Dave and Fatima Warner of Washington, D.C., and aunt, Valerie Warner of Baltimore, Md.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Bethel Temple, 711 - 25th St. N.W., Canton. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 from 4 to 9 P.M. at the church. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pregnancy Support Center of Stark County, P.O. Box 8451, Canton, Ohio 44711, or the Memorial Fund for Pvt. Heath D. Warner at any First Merit Bank Branch. Heitger Funeral Service--Jackson Chapel is handling local arrangements. For additional information, directions, or to sign the online guest book, log on to www.heitger.com (HEITGER--JACKSON CHAPEL, 330-830-0148.)

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Dec. 2, 2006.
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May 27, 2019
Thank you for serving this great nation. Our fallen heroes will never be forgotten. May the family & friends find peace in their hearts ❤
Roxanne Guillen
May 27, 2019
Warmly remembering you Heath this Memorial Day. You are loved and missed! Your first Memorial Day with Chandler!
Scott Warner
May 26, 2019
Remembering you, Heath. Thank you. God"s blessing to your mom and dad and brothers.
Bruce Samblanet
November 22, 2018
Mr. & Mrs. Warner I just wanted to let you know that every year on this date I remember and honor Heath Warner and pay my respects. I was honored to serve with him in Iraq and miss him dearly.
Christopher Timmerman
December 6, 2016
jim trousdell
May 30, 2016
I continue to honor the memory of Pvt. Heath Warner as representing all the precious men and women who have lost their lives defending our freedom and security while liberating millions.

May God continue to pour out His comfort and blessing on the mother, father and two brothers of Pvt. Warner.

Thank you, Heath.
Bruce Samblanet
June 5, 2015
April 29, 2015
Not forgotten 1 Semper Fi
John Clark
April 29, 2015
Thinking of you Heath. Love you Dad
Scott Warner
April 28, 2015
I had the privilege of meeting Scott and Melissa at the fitness expo for The Hall of Fame Marathon this past weekend. I've seen Heath's Memorial marker on I-77 many times as I've passed through Canton while making deliveries in the area. Now I know something of the man named Heath. And I have seen the pictures of his brother Marines who were with him that fateful day. I remember the words of a Randy Travis song, "Three Wooden Crosses" "It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you. It's what you leave behind you when you go!" Heath is gone and leaves behind a loving family and friends who have carried on his life in the work they do in his name. Thank you Scott and Melissa for giving us your son to stand watch over us in life, and now in eternity. I wish I had met Heath! I'm glad I met both of you. God bless you and your family. Semper Fidelis!
Mike Coss
August 16, 2014
God bless you for your bravery, dedication, service and sacrifice for our country. I am in awe of such a handsome young man with courage and wisdom beyond his years. May your family take a bit of comfort knowing you are all in my prayers (and that of many American citizens). Mere words cannot convey our appreciation for the gifts of your willingness to protect we who are strangers. I am proud to live in a land with such extraordinary young people. Your parents raised you beautifully and you have honored them as well as your country. My humble gratitude.
August 16, 2014


June 26, 2014
May you continue to R.I.P happily and safely in the arms of God and Jesus. Amen.
Barbara Ann Jackson King
November 20, 2013
Thinking about Heath Warner is not difficult. He is an American Hero,who sacrificed his very life for me, and the Freedoms that I celebrate daily. Indeed, this Family has sacrificed so much, and I admire and respect them so much! May our God continue to bless this Family!
Michael Byers
November 19, 2013
The lord needed another Marine to watch the gate, May the lord bless you and keep you, for he has a true believer to ring that bell. horrah!
b Dyke
October 26, 2013
I was thinking of you today. Someone had asked about heroes and naturally you came to mind. I cherish the memories of youth group and fun times at your house. You always had a kind word and a listening ear. You are missed beyond belief. It doesn't matter how long you've been Home, we all miss you down here. Until we meet again my friend... Xoxo
Krystal Miller
October 23, 2013
God Bless the Heath and his the Warner family. I was in boot camp with Warner at Parris Island back in August 2005 to November 2005 and he will be forever remembered. God Bless and stay strong.
Craig Bonaparte
October 16, 2013
I miss you my brother warner it was an honor serving by your side love you and semper fi

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Andrew Hill
October 8, 2013
Mr and Mrs. Warner,
Just want to extend more sympathy for your loss. It was an honor serving on the funeral detail for your son when I was a young Marine. You do not know the amount of pain it caused laying another brother of mine to rest. I'm very happy to have moved back and seen the continued efforts in the community that you guys are taking. I hope one day to assist in those efforts... SEMPER FI!!!
Sgt Gainer USMC
Michael Gainer
October 7, 2013
Thank you Heath for your service and sacrifice for our country. We remain grateful to you, no matter how many years have passed.
October 2, 2013
Semper Fi my brother
September 29, 2013
Greetings from Colorado -

You may already know, but I wanted to visit and let you know that your son's gravestone is featured on the cover of the Sept 16th issue of The Weekly Standard, in regards to an article about military buglers. I also wanted to know more about this young man, and that led me here. Heath is not forgotten, nor are his brethren who made the final, ultimate sacrifice. God Bless and keep you!
Amanda Simpson
September 15, 2013
kevin lewis usmc retired
June 2, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Warner,
We wanted you to know that we have not forgotten your son and his sacrifice to our nation. We prayed for your family this past Sunday in our worship service. We pray that the Lord will bless and comfort you.

Pastor Jeff Sanders
Grace Family Fellowship
Jeff Sanders
June 1, 2013
We would like to express our deepest condolences and to also let the Warner Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
May 22, 2013
Scott & Melissa,

Just wanted you to know that I am remembering the sacrifice of your son Heath, especially during this Memorial Day Weekend!

Blessings to you and your Family!


Michael Byers
May 15, 2013
Recently read the book Gold Star Father by Scott Warner.
We came to know Heath as a loving son and a loving brother, a patriot, a hero, and a man who was deeply loved by all family members. We were very touched and came to know Heath thru the book and understand a small portion of the pain and loss experienced by mom, dad, the brothers, and extended family.
Thank you for writing the book. It was a fitting tribute to Heath.
Most Sincerely,
Bill Wendell
Bill Wendell
May 15, 2013
Read the book written by Heath's dad Scott and saw it as a fine tribute to a loving son, a strong patriot, a loving brother.
We see the loss and the pain and felt as if we entered into a portion of that most personal and very real pain and loss.
Excellent book. Scott, thanks for writing the book. I was touched.
Most Sincerely,
Bill Wendell

Our only real hope is in the Resurrection and we look forward to the truth of the promises of Jesus
Bill Wendell
September 22, 2012
I'm a retired police officer from Canton.I had the honor and privilege to stand post at the entrance to the church and 25st.My job was to keep Heath funeral as dignify as possible. I also there to make sure Westboro church's 1st. amendment rights were protected.I hated the idea but I also believe this hero we are to honor help make these people have a 1st. amendment.As the horse drawn carriage past tears just flowed as I hand salute.Thank you for sharing your family's so personal world of losing Heath.Semper Fi
John Clark
May 30, 2012
Dear Mr and Mrs Warner. I pray both of you, Chandler and Ashton are well. This Saturday past 26 May, I stopped by the Memorial Day flag display in Jackson Township with my family and learned that I had just missed you being there. While my family still lives in Massillon, I am in Quantico, Virginia now. You are all still thought of often. From time to time I make my way to Arlington to visit with Heath and other brother Marines. I took a picture the last time I was there. They are never forgotten and always honored. I pray it was a blessed Memorial Day. Semper Fidelis.

Very Respectfully,

Shenandoah Sanchez
Major, United States Marine Corps
Shenandoah Sanchez
November 22, 2011
To the family and friends of Pvt. Heath D. Warner:
Please accept my remembrance of Heath on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
November 21, 2011
Remembering a son. Honoring a Hero. January 1, 1987 - November 22, 2006.

By the time next Christmas comes around, chill will come and freeze the ground, burying this trail in the snow.

By the time the streets are filled with cheer, you'll be lost to me another year, I'll be here with nowhere else to go.

Thinking of you my dear son. It's been five long years and my heart is still broken. I love you Heath!
Scott Warner
November 9, 2011
Pvt Warner is now at his final duty station in Heaven. May God bless your family always. Semper Fi!
October 28, 2011
We wish to Thank You Pvt. Heath Warner and your Family for your Service and Sacrifices made for our Country and Freedoms. Thank You and May you find Strength and Peace in the Lord.
Ginny & Family
July 31, 2011
This is a very special tribute to a very brave young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you continue to keep his memory alive!!!
Tamara Adams
May 28, 2011
I pray in honor of your son, Pvt. Warner. He is an American Hero who fought for our Freedom. We thank him for all his sacrifices, he gave the ultimate.
jan Gray
May 23, 2011
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Warner:
Today I signed up for the 5k event on Memorial Day memorializing and honoring your son. This will be my 9 year old niece's first 5k and I wanted her to know about your son and what Memorial Day stands for. He sounds like a very special person and I thank you on behalf of my family for the life your son gave fighting for our freedoms.
Jennifer Curati
May 10, 2011
am so thankful for boys like Heath that do go and fight for our freedom..but so sad they give the ultimate price..wish they all could come home safe and sound..marie WV
Marie Dodd
May 7, 2011
"Liquid Prayers"__(Author Unknown)
The tears flow freely down my cheek
Each drop a silent word to speak
Sometimes when it is too hard to pray
My tears know just the words to say...
I thank You, God, for tears that fall
I thank You, God, that You see them all
The words are silent, but they are there... Each one a silent, liquid prayer.

There is not a day that goes by that we don't think of you...Heath you remain in our hearts forever.
Your sacrifice was not in vain. We are so proud of you and the love you had for God, family and the USA.
March 24, 2011
you are in our prayers. God bless.

from a proud marine dad
March 23, 2011
Thank you for your sacrifice. I lost my fiancee, best friend, and soul mate over in Afghanistan on Feb. 7th 2011. Your service and your sacrifice you made for our country will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. No words can be spoken to ease the grief of your loved ones, because none have eased mine. Thank you for keeping us safe and making the ultimate sacrifice for the land of the free. My heart breaks for everyone lost in service, because I know how it feels to lose your loved one.
Kimberly Thomas
March 23, 2011
Sgt. Patrick R. Carroll
Thank you for your sacrifice you made to protect us, You and my son made the ulitmate sacrifice for all of us and this country and even though you are Gone you will never be Forgotten. My son was killed in Afghanistan on Feb. 7th 2011 My Heart breaks for your family, as I know the passing of my own son has done for myself.
Amy Bolding
March 20, 2011
We shall always remember you for your bravery. Thank you for the sacrifices you made for our freedoms. You are a hero. Your mission on earth has been completed; a job well done; you have earned your halo and angel wings. God Bless
Ginny Syvinski
March 11, 2011
Thank you Heath for your incredible sacrifice. You are greatly missed! Say hi to my gorgeous son too. We'll help look after your Mom.
Bobbi Obal
March 11, 2011
Heath I know you are looking down on your family just as my son is looking down on us. Together now you two and many more soldiers are in God's Army!
Susan Repkie
February 28, 2011
Melissa Muzechuk
February 20, 2011
Jeannie Warner
February 20, 2011
Heath, I am thinking of you and missing you today. You are still are in all of our hearts and thought of everyday, All of my love! Dad
Scott Warner
January 11, 2011
The life and death of Heath was not in vain. I know his family and friends continue to be proud of him.
God's peace.
Very proud mom of Steven (USNavy) and Geoffrey (KIA 1-13-2010 Afghanistan)
Debby Whitsitt
November 25, 2010
I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd lke to leave an afterglow of smiles when day is gone. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times, and laughing times, and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun, Of happy memories that I leave when life is done. Remembering Heath on the 4th anniversary of his passing, the day before Thanksgiving 2006. We miss you, love you. Thank you for your sacrifice for us all. Semper Fi! Memories are the legacy of love; those are what we cling to. From your loved ones.
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