Joseph Slater Warner
August 18, 1925 – May 17, 2018
Joseph Slater Warner, 92, of Lanter Court, Osceola, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, surrounded by his family. He was born on August 18, 1925 in Elkhart, Indiana to Jesse E. and Anna Mae (Slater) Warner who both preceded him in death along with his brothers and sisters: Wilfred W. Warner, Rhea Juday, Mary Houghton, Janet Cook and Ned Warner. Joe was a veteran of World War 2, serving honorably in the United States Navy. He married the former B. Rosalie Morgan in Elkhart in 1951. He and his brother, Ned opened the Warner Funeral Home in Osceola in 1950 and after 36 years, retired in 1986, followed by several years working for Rieth-Rohrer and Ehret Funeral Homes in Goshen and Wakarusa. He was an avid fisherman his entire life and was very proud of the Northern Pike he caught on the St. Joseph River. Although he would not divulge where exactly the fish was caught he did tell close family members, swearing them to secrecy. He would give pictures of the fish to whoever would ask about it and many who didn’t ask and got one anyway. He was a member of Osceola United Methodist Church and the former Masonic Lodge in Osceola. He also was a member of the Michiana Walleye Club in Mishawaka. He is survived by his wife, Rosie and his two children: Lynn (Butch) Winkler of Land-o-Lakes, Florida and Mark (Sue) Warner of Osceola. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ruth Ann Warner. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Heather (James Geldbaugh) Winkler, Michelle (Mike) DeLaney, Adam (Amy) Warner and Geoffrey (Bethany) Warner. Seven great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be held at Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 North Main Street, Mishawaka, Indiana on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 11:00am where friends will be received from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Monday. Burial will follow in Olive Cemetery West. The family would like to thank all the employees of the Hearth at Juday Creek and Harbor Light Hospice for the loving care provided to Joe. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Osceola United Methodist Church or Harbor Light Hospice.