Warren Gates Jennings, 91, of Granite City, Ill., born Nov. 20, 1920, in Junction, Ill., passed away at 3:32 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Ill.
He was a son of the late Edward L. and Gertrude, nee Gates, Jennings. He was a great-grandson of pioneer settlers who came to Illinois from the East Coast in covered wagons. He married Lorelei, nee Baker, Jennings on Dec. 25, 1941, and she preceded him in death on March 2, 1986.
Warren earned his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education from S.I.U. Carbondale and became a superintendent of schools at the age of 32. He served the public school system of Illinois for 35 years in Carrier Mills, Metropolis, West Frankfort, Jerseyville and Payson. In 1960, he accepted a command requested appointment from the U.S. Department of Defense to serve as a superintendent of schools in Izmir, Turkey and Bitburg, Germany. He proudly served his country with the United States Army during World War II, serving with the 5th Army in North Africa and took part in the landings at Naples, and Anzio, Italy and the landing of the 7th Army in Southern France for which he was the recipient of the Bronze Star for his meritorious service in action against the enemy. He was a dedicated member of Niedringhaus United Methodist Church in Granite City, Ill., the Carrier Mills Masonic Lodge No. 458, Knights Templar Commandery No. 41 in Metropolis, Tri-City Shrine Club, Ainad Temple, Order of the Easter Star Chapter No. 20, American Legion Post No. 113, V.F.W. Post No. 15014, Gallatin County Farm Bureau, National Association of School Administrators, Illinois Association of School Administrators, Granite City Elks Lodge No. 1063, Alton Eagles Aerie No. 254, Wood River Moose Lodge No. 1349, Rotary Club and the Lions Club. Warren had served as a member of the McKendree College Board of Trustees for 11 years and as a member of the American Red Cross Board of Trustees in Quincy for five years.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Denise Jennings of Knoxville, Ill.; one daughter and son-in-law, Darla and Gary Coppedge of Granite City, Ill.; four grandchildren, Nathan Coppedge of Pontoon Beach, Ill., Lauren Coppedge of Granite City, Ill., Nicole Jennings of Knoxville, Ill., and Matthew Jennings of Galesburg, Ill.; two great-grandchildren, Parker and Jayden Coppedge of Pontoon Beach, Ill.; special friend, Margaret Kluge of Florissant, Mo.; other extended family and many friends.
Memorials may be made to Niedringhaus United Methodist Church or Shriner's Hospital for Children and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com
Visitation: Friends may call in celebration of his life from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at the funeral home with the Rev. Carl Mesiti officiating. Graveside services with military rites will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion, Ill.
IRWIN MARYVILLE ROAD CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 9, 2012.