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.)