Oct. 13, 1929 - Feb. 14, 2012
Louis "Lou" Warneka was born to Ed and Evelyn Warneka on Oct. 13, 1929, in Waterloo, Iowa. He was the oldest son and second child. Lou attended schools in Minnesota, California and Oregon, once attending four schools in two years. Migrating to Vallejo, Calif., in 1941, he worked the orchards to help support his family. Settling in Milton-Freewater Lou met his future wife, Maggie. Joining the Air Force, Lou served as a radar specialist during the Korean Conflict.
While serving, he continued his education and was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. Returning from Korea, Lou found work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and later married his wife of 57 1/2 years, Maggie Summers, on Sept. 11, 1954. Lou and Maggie moved to Anacortes, Wash., where he found work as a surveyor. Returning to Walla Walla, Maggie gave birth to their first child, Ed. Moving to Vancouver, they had their second and third children, Fred and Cindy. Soon the family settled in Walla Walla, where Lou embarked on his career with the U.S. Postal Service and volunteered as a Little League baseball coach.
Always looking for a better life for his family, Lou moved his family to Superior, Mont., where they built, owned, managed and operated a cedar mill specializing in shake roofing, posts and split rail fencing. The mountains of Montana were a perfect setting for Lou's love of the outdoor life. Here he could celebrate his love of hunting and fishing with Maggie, Ed, Fred and Cindy. Seeing a decline in the cedar business, Lou moved his family back to Walla Walla in 1977, and resumed his career with the Postal Service. Retiring in 1990, Lou continued to share his love of fishing, hunting and mushrooming with his numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family friends.
Lou is survived by his wife, Maggie Warneka; sons, Ed (Pam) Warneka and Fred (Pam) Warneka; daughter, Cindy (Phil) Heinzman; Les Myrick who was like a son; grandchildren, Joshua (Tammy) Warneka, Lucas
Warneka, Lindsay (Carl) Dondoyano, Rebecca (Bennett) Jacobs, Casey Warneka, Chelsea Heinzman and Addison Heinzman; great-grandchildren, Preston Warneka, Landen Warneka, Gabriel Dondoyano and Aubrey Jacobs; brother, Richard (Marlene) Warneka; and sister, Diane (Lester) Smith; and many nieces and nephews. Lou was preceded in death by parents, Ed and Evelyn Warneka; and sisters, Beverly Warneka, Peggy Spencer and Donita Olsen.
A private inurnment was at Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.