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John R. "Bob" Warren

May 30, 1924 September 21, 2018
John R. "Bob" Warren
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John R. “Bob” Warren, 94, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed away September 21, 2018. He was born May 30, 1924, in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of William T. and Harriette Hayden Warren.

Bob was inducted into the U.S. Army in February 1943, while a student at University of Kentucky. After basic and specialist training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was assigned to the 64th Engineer Topographic Battalion in Texas as a topographic computer. After training and maneuvers the battalion landed in Scofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii, January 1944. For the next 18 months the battalion furnished all the land battle maps and bombardment charts for the Central Pacific Campaign and for the invasion of Southern Japan. Mercifully the war ended with the atom bomb drop in August 1945. The Battalion received many commendations from those in command for its excellent contribution for the Central Pacific Campaign against the Japanese.

Bob was discharged as Sergeant in February 1946 and returned to the University of Kentucky to resume engineering studies. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Bob went to work in industrial sales for Reynolds Aluminum Company and in the next 12 years was located in Louisville, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Lafayette, Indiana. He sold to many large companies, but his most satisfying sale came in 1958. That year he sold a significantly large amount of aluminum to Washington State for their switch to aluminum license plates from steel. A friend says “Even today Washington still has aluminum plates”.

Bob’s career in the metal industry eventually took him and his family in 1965 to San Diego, California. He was hired by Solar Turbines Inc. as a research metallurgist and retired in 1985 as Senior Metallurgist. Bob was single when he retired and he loved the San Diego lifestyle, golfed, socialized, and he took ocean cruises all over the world. He felt matrimony in his future and in 1989 married Iva Dee Baker, a very nice Texas lady. They felt they were meant for each other and they adopted the theme “Love is lovelier the second time around”. With the cost of living soaring in San Diego, they bought a new house in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

Their love for each other grew in their new surroundings and they met many new friends. They continued to travel and cruise and worked hard to beautify their new home with flowers and improvements. Bob and Iva Dee loved the old DeSoto Club where they frequently dined and danced the night away.

Bob was an avid golfer, having played many years in the 18-hole group and played well into his nineties in the 9-hole group. Bob and Iva met their spiritual needs by worshiping at Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines and Good Samaritan Chapel.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Iva Dee; brothers, Everett and W.T., killed in WWII; and daughter, Susan R. Harju.

Survivors include daughter, Kathryn A. Brinkman (Matt); grandchildren, Josh, Katie, and Caleb Brinkman; nephews; nieces; and many grandnephews and nieces in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bob was true blue Kentuckian being: UK Alumni, University of Kentucky Fellow, member of Engineering Quadrangle Society, Life Loyal Sigma Chi, member of Honoarable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

A private family memorial of Bob’s passing will be held at Resthaven Memorial Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky, followed by interment of his urn in the Warren family plot.

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