US Navy

William "Pop" David Warren Sr.

August 29, 1937 ~ November 14, 2020 (age 83)


William “Pop” David Warren Sr., 83, of Champaign passed away at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Danville VA Medical Center.

A private family funeral will be held at Renner-Wikoff Chapel followed by a graveside service with military rites at Danville National Cemetery.

William was born in Champaign on August 29, 1937 to parents Grover and Clara Belle (Dyson) Warren. They preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his brother Grover Warren Jr. and sister Marian Shepherd.

On June 10, 1956 William married Joan Jarvis in Champaign, she passed away on September 6, 2012 after 56 years of marriage.

He is survived by his children, William (Michelle) Warren Jr. of Champaign and Johnny (Michelle) Warren, of St. Joseph and two sisters: Doreen Spencer and Martha Ashby, both of Champaign. Five grandchildren; Krista (Bobby) Berger, Kaitlyn Bauer, Amber (Joshua) Hall, Harlee (Tyler) Knapp, Jacob Lambright and eight great grandchildren; Daisy, Lilly, Cassidy, Caydin, Karson, Kaden, Kacen and Stella also survive him.

William graduated from Champaign High School and enlisted in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1958 with the rank of Metal Smith Petty Officer 3rd Class (ME3).

After returning home he worked for Urbana Pure Dairy, JM Jones and the Salvation Army, retiring after twenty-five years as a Corporal Sergeant Major.

He was a member of the Salvation Army, co-founder of Candlestick Lane and an avid St. Louis Cardinal, Fighting Illini and Green Bay Packer fan.

Memorial Contributions may be made in William’s honor to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

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