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Archives Rites set for Deacon Richard Warner

April 25, 2018

Watertown – A memorial Mass for Deacon Richard C. “Dick” Warner Sr., 81, will be held in July with full militaryWarner honors at Glenwood Cemetery. Deacon Warner died at his daughter’s home in Fountain, Colorado, April 13.

Born October 15, 1936 in Watertown, he was the son of Gerald and Hildred (Weston) Warner. He was educated in the Watertown City School District. He enlisted in the United States Seabees from 1954 - 1958. Deacon Warner owned Warner’s Business Equipment until he was deployed to Dessert Storm. While serving in the Air National Guard, aka The Boys From Syracuse, he was deployed as part of Operation Desert Storm, among other deployments. He retired from The Boys From Syracuse in 1996 after 26 years of service. He later worked for Fort Drum, retiring in 2011.

Bishop Stanislaus J. Brzana ordained him a permanent deacon Oct. 1, 1983 and assigned him as a deacon assistant at St. Anthony’s Church.

He was a member of the Italian American Civic Association, in which he served as the first non-Italian Club President. He was also a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Northside Improvement League and numerous car clubs.

On September 19, 1959 he married Anna F. Vecchio, at St. Anthony’s Church, officiated by Msgr. Lynch.
Besides his wife Anna, survivors include children Nancy (Dan) McFadden, Fountain, Co., Richard C. Jr., Watertown;  Sarah (Mark) Ferrante, Simpsonville, S.C., grandchildren, great-granddaughter, brother Wayne Warner, sister, Patricia Roberts.

He is predeceased by his parents, in-laws, Jerry and Nancy Vecchio, brothers-in-law, Joseph, Sebastian “Bill”, Jerry, and Michael Vecchio, and a sister-in-law, Barbara Vecchio.

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