|9/25/2013 8:46:00 AM|
Steve Warren, 67, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Windom, died March 31, 2013, after a battle with leukemia.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom where his ashes will be intered. A celebration of his life will follow.
Steve Warren was born March 13, 1946, to Dorothy Mae (Carpenter) and Max Henry Warren in Windom. His grandparents were the original publishers of The Windom Reporter, which was continued by his father and uncle.
Except for four years in Phoenix, Ariz., Steve attended school in Windom, graduating from Windom High School in 1964. He graduated from Mankato State University in 1968 and became a teacher.
Steve taught social studies and was a basketball and golf coach from 1968 to 1976 at Tomahawk High School in Tomahawk, Wis.
He moved to Nisswa where he worked as sales manager and assistant general manager for Craguns Resort & Conference Center on Gull Lake near Brainerd.
In 1982, he moved to Englewood, Fla., where he was general manager of Days Inn & Suites and purchased the hotel in 1996.
In 2004, he sold the hotel and retired to Hemphill, Texas, building a home on the banks of Toledo Bend, where he enjoyed fishing. Steve was an avid fisherman, spending many summer vacations during his childhood at his grandparents' home on Gull Lake.
In November, he sold his home at Toledo Bend and moved to his sister's home in Ocala, Fla. He planned to spend time in the summer with his childhood friend, Bill Silliman, while maintaining a home in Minnesota and building a small home in Florida to spend winters there and in Texas.
He will be remembered for easily making friends and his encouraging and compassionate way.
Survivors include his sisters, Jeanne (Larry) Novak of Brownwood, Texas, and Barb (Gene) Glidden of Ocala, Fla.; five nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and grand-nephews; friends, the Chris and Danielle Spears family and Bill Silliman; and his dog, "Morgan."