Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Barton L. Warren, Sr. 1907-1986

Barton L. Warren, Sr., 78, Richland, Missouri, died Thursday, January 23, 1986, at Cox Medical South, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born December 20, 1907, in Richland, Missouri, the son of Charles Wesley and Florence Brock Warren.  He was a valedictorian of his Richland High School graduating class, and graduated with honors from the University of Missouri - Columbia.  An attorney, he also graduated first in his class at Washington University Law School (St. Louis) in 1931.  He was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1930 and received his 50 year membership pin from the Missouri Bar Association at a ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri, in September, 1980.

He was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in campaigns in North Africa and throughout the Pacific.  He was the third generation of his family to own and manage H.E. Warren and Sons department store in Richland.  He was chairman of the Pulaski County Democratic Central Committee from 1946 to 1976 and chairman of the Eighth Congressional District Democratic Committee from 1962-1966.  He attended the Democratic National Conventions in 1960 and 1964 as a delegate.  He was a director and officer of Boatmen’s Bank of Pulaski County (formerly Pulaski County Bank) from 1931 to 1979.  He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.  He served on the Richland School Board for almost twenty tears, and was President of the Board during the years that the present elementary school and high school were built.  He was a member of numerous other civic clubs and organizations.

Memorial services were held at the Richland United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 26, 1986, which were led by Rev. John Appling and Rev. Ralph Rowe.  Burial was in the Oaklawn Cemetery, Richland, under the direction of the Colonial Funeral Chapel of Richland.

Escorts were Bill Morgan, Olan Gilbert, Bill Monday, Bill Warren, Wayne Anderson, Max Parsons, Steve Belshe and Don Kuester.

A memorial fund was established to carry on his charitable interests, which is named the Barton L. Warren Foundation, PO Box 688, Richland, Missouri.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Underwood Warren; three sons, David, Gregory, Warren, Richland, Dr, Barton L. Warren, II, Charleston, South Carolina, and Bruce Brownfield Warren, Richland; two daughters, Margaret Elaine McNicholl, St. Charles, Missouri, and Barbara Lorraine Warren, New Orleans, Louisiana; granddaughter, Sara Ashley Warren, Richland; a brother, Gordon W. Warren, Richland, and two sisters, Lillie W. Keller, Springfield, and Emma L. Hoyer, Richland, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Brock Warren and Holland S. Warren, and sister, Lorraine Warren Young. 

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