Robert L. "Red" Warburton
Robert "Red" L. Warburton, 82, of Gering, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at his home.
His memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at Gering Memorial Chapel. At his request, cremation was held. Memorials can be made in Red's name to DOVES, Gering Organized Baseball, 23 Club or Prairie Haven Hospice. Tributes of sympathy may be left at
Robert "Red" L. Warburton was born on June 13, 1929, in Oberlin, Kan., to Goldie (Larreau) and Fred Warburton. He was raised in McCook, graduating in 1947. He attended McCook Junior College and joined the National Guard after high school. He was part of the 1946 McCook Bison undefeated State Championship football team that was identified as the Golden Anniversary Team in 1996 as part of the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame. He moved to the Panhandle in the 1950s. He worked construction eventually starting his own bricklaying business, Warburton Construction. He continued even after becoming owner/operator of the Rompus Room tavern in the 1970s. He sold the construction company to his son Jim in 1981 and the Rompus Room in 1993. Red sponsored softball and bowling teams for years and loved to attend local sporting events especially those of his son and grandsons. He was nominated by the Rompus Room softball team for membership in the Nebraska Softball Hall of Fame for his over 20 years of softball sponsorship and generosity. Red knew everyone and was generous to a fault. He held memberships in the American Legion, Elks, and Eagles.
Red is survived by his daughter Diane McKnight (Jim) of Scottsbluff; son James Warburton (Liz) of Gering; daughter Dr. Shannon Black (Scott) of Ceresco, Neb,; sister Pauline Childs of Crete; as well as his grandsons: Jason, RJ, Raymond Runge, Tyler Rosenau, Jesse and Danny Warburton, Logan Black and step-grandson Michael Martin; 12 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Danny Lee, brothers Rocky and Pinky Warburton.
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Published by The Star-Herald from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2011.
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November 6, 2011
Dear Jim, Dee, and Shannon
so very sorry about Red thoughts and
prayers with all of you God Bless
Cindy Roland
October 19, 2011
I am so sorry for this loss! Red was a great man and I have very fond memories of him from the time we moved in next door with my parents until I moved out, and every time I came home to visit. He will be greatly missed!
Kerri (Dunn) Ritter
October 12, 2011
I am sorry for your loss. He was the best grandpa ever! At this time he is in heaven watching us all with a whole new body and mind.
October 11, 2011
Our condolences to Red's family and extended family . Sincerely , Marsha Jo Norwood & Monte Mowry
October 11, 2011
Jim and Diann, God broke the mold after he made Red! He was one hell of a man and I will never forget him! I grieve with you in your loss. All I can say is GO BIG RED! :) Your friend for life, Clark
Clark Philson
October 11, 2011
Lynn Schmeckpeper
October 11, 2011
Sorry for your loss our prayers are with you all.
Amy Wilson
October 10, 2011
Red was an amazing man who I've known since my dad was sponsored by the Rompus Room, every Monday night after bowling we would go to the bar and Red would make me the best Roy Rogers I have ever had. May God be with you all in this time of his passing.
Candace Runge
October 10, 2011
Diane, Jim and Shannon So sorry to hear about your dad. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Terry and Bev Dishman, Anchorage, AK
October 9, 2011
Dear Friends, Jamie and I truly enjoyed your Dad's friendship!! He was definately one in a million!! Our love to you!! Jamie n Kris John
October 8, 2011
Diane & Jim & Shannon (and Family)

My Heartfelt and Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Father . So happy , though that he got to celebrate his 80th birthday at the Rompus Room . Curtis Kath
Curtis Kath
October 8, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Dewey and Darlene Zerr
October 8, 2011
Jim, Diane, Shannon, and Families.

Our Love and prayers are with you. I was honored to have been considered a friend of your father.

Monte and Kathy Evans
Monte Evans
October 8, 2011
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