Dr. Marion E. Warpenburg, 91, passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at Deaconess VNA Hospice in Evansville.
He was the only son of William Harold and Lena (Oller) Warpenburg born Dec. 3, 1923 in Wabash Township Gibson County, Indiana.
He attended Upper Hills school his first year. His father was a farmer working for the Cooper Land Company he passed away in April 1930. Marion and his mother moved to Poseyville, Indiana to be close to family. Marion graduated from Poseyville High School in 1941. He worked in the oil fields as a roughneck on a drilling rig until joining the U. S. Marine Corps in Feb. 1943. Marion served in the U. S. and the Pacific. He was aboard a ship going to Japan for an invasion on D-Day. His division continued to Japan landing at Sasebo on Sept. 22, 1945 as occupation forces on the southern Island of Kyusher not to far from Nagasaki. Marion returned to the U. S. on May 10, 1945. He returned to the oil field after a short time, getting back to civilian life. He enrolled at Evansville College and on Aug. 18, 1945 he and Carolyn J. Manning were married then started college in Sept. Marion graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in June 1954 and opened his family dental practice in Owensville in Aug. 1954 which he continued for 40 years. Dr. Warpenburg was active in Organized Dentistry. He was a life member of American Dental Association, Indiana, Dental Association, and the First District Dental Society which consisted of the twelve southwestern counties. He served as President of the Society, Chairman of the Ethics committee, Delegate to Indiana Dental Convention. He was a member of the American Society of Dentistry for children serving one term of the Board of Directors of the Indiana unit, member of academy of General Dentistry which fostered continuing educations. He served one term on the Board of Indiana University School of Dentistry Alumni Association. After retiring he was presented the First District's Distinguished Service Award in 2012. Dr. Warpenburg and Carolyn were always very appreciative of all the patients they were permitted to serve and also the several Dental Assistants who worked in their office. Marion was a 25 year member of the Owensville Masonic Lodge #364 and the Owensville Business Men's Association. Dr. Warpenburg was a life member of the Poseyville Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He served as Deacon, Elder, Chairman of the Board and chairman of the Finance committee. He also served as a representative to the state Board of the Christian Church in Indiana, one term as the trustee and certification committee. He was a member of the Oliver Marquis American Legion Post 278 of Poseyville, Indiana. He also worked part-time at Holders Funeral Home.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1930 his mother in 1965 and his loving wife Carolyn of 65 years in 2011.
He is survived by two nieces, Janasu Lutz, Nancy (Fred) Blaylock; great niece and nephews, Lee Aaron (Amanda) Wildt, Heather Rogers, Michael (Camrun) Blaylock; 7great-great nieces and nephews who loved and cared for him.
Military Graveside services will be conducted by the retired military veterans at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at the Poseyville Cemetery the Patriot Guard will escort Staff Sergeant Dr. Marion Warpenburg to his final resting place. Rev. Paul DeHart will officiate.
Holders Funeral Home in Owensville is handling the arrangements. If you would like to be a part of the funeral procession going to the cemetery be at Holders by 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Warpenburg’s family would also like to express their thanks to Dr. Jeffery and Jill Nelson for their friendship and many acts of kindness over the years it was truly appreciated. The family would like to thank the Montgomery Township first responders, Staff of Davita, Deaconess Staff, Deaconess VNA Hospice and all Veterans participating in his services.