Lyle Arthur Warren

December 17, 1951 - September 5, 2013

Lyle Arthur Warren, age 61, of Jefferson City, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at his home. He was born on December 17, 1951, in Dillon, Colorado, to William Homer Warren and Ruth Ella Widgery Warren. He grew up in Salida, Colorado and graduated from Salida High in 1970. On August 10, 1985, he was united in a Christian marriage to Victoria Lynn Fehrmann, who survives at the home. A 10-year Colorado 4-H member, he participated in many and varied projects, winning state awards for home beautification, horticulture, and dog training. One of his proudest 4-H achievement was being selected by Colorado 4-H as one of only two to represent the state in 1974 as an IFYE (International 4-H Youth Exchange) Representative. On this exchange he lived and worked with farm families in Finland for six months, learning the language and the culture, helping to contribute to peace through understanding. He attended college at Mesa State, Colorado State University, Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, and University of Missouri-Columbia. His primary vocation, starting in 1970 was as a mortician. He was a skilled embalmer and often-requested funeral director at the firms where he worked in Colorado and Missouri. He also worked in central Colorado as a disc jockey for his hometown radio station, an underground miner, a sheriff's dispatcher, and an emergency medical services director. His avocation was in horticulture. He loved to create beauty and peace indoors and out with houseplants, trees, flowers, and shrubs in both his own yard and others. His specialty was roses and Christmas cactuses, but there was very little he couldn't grow. Arthur loved his long-haired Dachshunds and travel. He and Victoria visited almost every state in the lower 48 during their marriage and were accompanied by their dogs on many trips. Arthur was a great cook, most notably a bread baker, a skill he learned in Finland and perfected over the years. He is survived by his brother, Marvin Warren of Phoenix, Arizona; his beloved mother-in-law, Carolyn Zimmerman of Owensville, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews in Colorado, Missouri, and Kansas; and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his sister, Nellie Rose Dean. Since 1988 he was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Jefferson City. He died at home after almost a year on hospice where he was ministered to by many of his Faith family. In that time, he also wrote an autobiography of his life's ventures and adventures which he titled "The Little Mortician." Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 9, 2013, at Faith Lutheran Church, Jefferson City, with visitation from 9:00 a.m. until service time Monday. Memorial contributions are suggested to IFYE Association of the U.S.A. or the Faith Lutheran Church Parish Nursing Program. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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