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MARINE ROBERT WARDEN Marine Robert Warden died April 3, 2013 after a long illness. He is survived by Lois Anne Warden, his loving wife of 62 years, and three sons, Craig and his fiancé Morgana of Davis, CA, Bruce and his wife Rosalie of South Lake Tahoe, CA and Robert and his wife Eunice of Moreno Valley, CA. He lived to see thirteen grandchildren; Joseph, Rachelle, Elisa, Shari, Scott, Juliet, Elizabeth, Isabella, Samuel, Ryan, Matthew, Branda, BeverlyAnn and four great-grandchildren. He was born July 8, 1927 in Butte, Montana to Marine and Esther Warden. He lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1927 until 1937. In Albuquerque his caregiver second mother was a young woman named Pabalina from Pueblo Cochiti who taught him her native language. He moved to Danville, Illinois from 1937 until he joined the Army in 1945. While in the Army he served on the Army Troop Transport ship "Marine Devil" which traveled to postwar Korea, China and Japan. He met his future wife Lois Thompson while at a chemistry class during summer school at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1949. She attracted his attention with her flaming red hair. Their first date was a rodeo at the Cheyenne Pioneer days. They were married in July 1950 in her hometown of Glendale, CA. He graduated from Indiana University in 1950. He attended Northwestern University Medical School. He did his residency in Radiology at the University of Colorado Denver. He authored two peer-reviewed scientific papers. He, Lois, Craig and Bruce moved to Riverside, CA in 1957. He was a member of a private radiology practice for 16 years in Riverside, CA then had to quit when his vision was impaired by glaucoma. He worked for the California Department of Health Services starting in 1973. His job was to decide if MediCal expenses were justified. He estimated that he saved the state about as much as he cost. He retired in Fall 2005 when he was 78 years old. He was a family man, fisherman, and poet. He published his first book of poetry "Beyond The Straights" in 1980 and his eleventh "Finding Beauty" in 2009. He also published and edited many more poems that are parts of compiled works. His poems can be philosophical, are often autobiographical, include many with themes of Southwestern Pueblos, and regularly express his love for his wife. His love of Lois and poetry are captured in the poem "Manifesto" published in 2007 in his book "Canticle III" Poetry is music Language as instrument You can bury the dead dogs The rotting cities Stink of freeway oil Two hundred years from now I'll still love you Wife America life you taught me When I write my poetry I should unveil dreams Services will be at the Arlington Mortuary in Riverside at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 16. The funeral will be at the Riverside National Cemetery at 1 PM on Tuesday, April 16. Arlington Mortuary, Directors (800) 275-4648 www.arlingtonmortuary.com


Published in Press-Enterprise from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2013
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