Delmar L. Warner and Lela Warner

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Graveside memorial services for Delmar and Lela Warner will be held on Monday, June 20th at 11:00 a.m. at Washta Sunset View Cemetery with military rites by L.A. Wescott Post #2253 and the Cherokee American Legion.  Pastor Barb Dinelli will officiate. There will be a luncheon immediately following at the Washta United Methodist Church. The Boothby Funeral Home of Cherokee, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.

 

Delmar L. Warner, 96, of Santa Rosa, California passed away on February 1, 2021.  

Delmar Leigh Warner was born Feb 28, 1924 to Charles and Neva Warner at Holdridge, Nebraska.  He was the middle child with older sister, Phyllis and younger brother, Neil. He spent his young life around Ord, Nebraska, graduating from Ord High School in 1942, where he excelled in track.   Del was drafted into the US Army in December 1942 and started active service in January 1943 and served until May 1946, spending most of his time in the South Pacific.

On July 28, 1946,  Delmar married Lela Beazley at her parent’s home in Washta, Iowa. Their first home was in Storm Lake Iowa, where Del was a mechanic. Brenda Lee Warner was born April 14, 1949 in a snow storm while they were living on a farm in Washta, then the Cherokee farm until 1956, when years of drought forced them to another life in California. 

Del worked for an electronic firm for 25 years while living in Belmont Ca.  Del enjoyed hunting and fishing during these years in California. Del and Lela returned to Storm Lake, Iowa in the early 80’s, where Del restored old cars, mostly model A’s.   They traveled around the US, Mexico and Canada extensively with family and friends and always had a good time.

In 2014 they returned to California to spend time with their growing family.   He enjoyed working on cars, playing cards, his trips with son in law, Keith Christopherson to old car and hot rod functions.

Del was a member of the AMVETS and honor guard, Elks Club of Storm Lake.  He was a past member of the Washta Methodist Church and Serapaci Car Club.  

Survivors include his daughter, Brenda Lee Christopherson and her husband Keith Christopherson of Santa Rosa, California; granddaughter, Amy Ann (Scott) Bolten and their two sons,  Jack and Ben of Santa Rosa, California; grandson, Andrew Alan (Lisa) Christopherson and their children,  Marlie and Sam of Santa Rosa, California.

Lela Warner, 95, of Santa Rosa, California, passed away on January 6, 2022. 

Lela Beazley Warner was born on a farm one mile south of Washta on  May 8, 1926 to Merle and Martha Beazley.   She was fortunate to have an older sister, Wanda, who was her lifelong friend.  Many great times spent with Wanda and her husband, Norman.   Merle and Martha farmed until the drought of 1937, then moved the family to Los Angeles, California in search of work.   Two years later, they returned to Iowa and the farming life. 

After graduating from Washta High School in 1943, the family again moved to San Bruno, Calif where they lived for 3 years and then back to Washta Iowa.  She was united in marriage to Delmar Leigh Warner on July 28, 1946, where they made Storm Lake, Iowa their first home.   Lela became a Girl Scout leader and worked for Gambel Stores.  In 1949, they started farming and became a member of Washta Rebecca’s Lodge.    Their daughter Brenda was also born in 1949 at Cherokee, Iowa Hospital. 

In 1956, another drought hit and they moved to Belmont, California, where Lela worked in the Belmont School System and San Mateo County Registration and Election division.  After 25 years they returned to Storm Lake and lived there until November of 2014, when they moved to Santa Rosa Ca to be closer to family.   She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren and the travels with her daughter, Brenda and son in law, Keith Christopherson, cousins Karlene and Chuck Bottimore, Neil and Arlene Warner, Irene and Bruno Gradek and Betty and Lyn Hodgen.

Lela was a member of Washta Cemetery Assn, a past member of Washta Methodist Church and Washta Rebecca Lodge.   She loved painting, art, gardening and especially traveling. 

Survivors include his daughter, Brenda Lee Christopherson and her husband Keith Christopherson of Santa Rosa, California; granddaughter, Amy Ann (Scott) Bolten and their two sons,  Jack and Ben of Santa Rosa, California; grandson, Andrew Alan (Lisa) Christopherson and their children Marlie and Sam of Santa Rosa, California.