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Warner Johannessen - September 18, 2010


Warner Suhr Johannessen, 89, of Holyoke was born March 17, 1921 in Kong, Denmark to Anders Viggo and Dagmar Gudrun (Larsen) Johannessen. He died Sept. 18, 2010 in Holyoke.

He attended school through 10th grade and then went to an electrical trade school for two years.

He married Doretta Marie Kues on Aug. 11, 1946 in Denver. They were married for 64 years.

Warner moved from Denmark to Wisconsin, then to Colorado. He then served in World War II in the U.S. Army, Armored Division. After serving, he began working for Western Electric in Colorado. He was then transferred to Phoenix, Ariz. and retired in Prescott, Ariz. in 1986 and resided there until 2009. He and Doretta returned to Colorado in 2009 and resided in Holyoke.

He worked for Western Electric and AT&T in electrical communications. He was a member of American Lutheran Church in Prescott, Telephone Pioneers and Oddfellows. He enjoyed hiking in the desert and photography.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anders and Dagmar; and brothers, Johannes and Douglas. He is survived by his wife, Doretta.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at Tennant Funeral Home in Sterling with burial to follow at Fleming Cemetery in Fleming.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.