GALVA – Dwain D. Warner, 84, of Galva, passed away at 6:55 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2023 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva with Pastors Rebecca Gearhart and Russell Collister officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 20 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva First United Methodist Church or to the Galva Lions Club.
He was born August 2, 1938 in Galva, the son of Oscar and Nancy (Huffman) Warner. He married Elaine Johnson on January 21, 1962 in Galva. Survivors include his wife of Galva, his two children, Mark (Cathy) Warner and Michelle (Rob) Mersman, both of Galva, three grandchildren; Jacob (Taylor) of Pekin and Courtney (Brandon) Anderson and Taylor, both of Galva, a brother-in-law, Edward (Sue) Johnson of Old Hickory, TN and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: James (Darlene), Carl and Marvin (Bonnie) and two sisters, Marian in infancy and Evelyn (Elwyn “Bud”) Bates.
Dwain graduated from Galva High School in 1957 at which time his father retired and he took over the farming operation. Farming was his passion and his life. In addition to corn and beans, he raised thousands of hogs and raised cattle for several years. He was instrumental in helping several young men begin their farming careers. He didn’t have time for hobbies, but he enjoyed being in an occasional parade driving his antique 1955 John Deere 80 diesel or 1938 Case tractor.
He was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, Galva Lions Club, Kewanee Rural Volunteer Fire Department from 1976-2003 and the Galva First United Methodist Church where he was a former Sunday School teacher and superintendent, youth fellowship sponsor for many years and served on various committees and church board.
Dwain loved roller skating, boating and water skiing and teaching his nieces, nephews, and friends to ski. He also enjoyed dancing, going to tractor pulls and playing cards. Most of all he loved attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and activities all through their school and college years.
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