He was born on August 24, 1949 in New London, son of the late Robert and Martelle (Hansen) Warning. Jim graduated from Hortonville High School in 1968. Jim worked for the Wisconsin/Michigan Power Company, now WE Energies, after high school until his December 1, 2009 retirement after working more than 40 years. On December 20, 1969 he was united in marriage to Diana Emrich in Hortonville. Jim joined the U.S. Navy and served his active duty on the Destroyer – USS Power. Following his time in the service, he went back to work with WE Energies where he was known as “Blue”. Jim was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, but nothing was more important than his family and he passed the love of the outdoors onto his sons. He entered many fishing tournaments using fishing lures he made himself. Jim loved playing sheepshead, traveling, camping, woodworking, spending time at his cottage where he was the master bonfire maker at the annual fourth of July parties with family and friends. His famous saying was “just one more” no matter what activity he was doing. He also loved sports, especially the Packers, and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. He had a tradition of taking each grandchild to the zoo individually. He was a member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Greenville. .
He is survived by his wife Diana; his sons: Kevin (Melissa) Warning, and their children, Karlie and Cole; Michael Warning and his children, Kayla, Brett and Sawyer; Christopher Warning and his children, Mytchel and Dereck; siblings: Carol Wickesberg, Mark (Julie) Warning; brother-in-law, James Emrich. He is further survived by special nieces and nephew: Karen Wild and friend Dan, Kathy (Scott) Volz, Rachel (Nick) Locy, Rob Warning, other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jeffrey Warning; brothers-in-law Howard Wickesberg and Royal Emrich.
The Christian Funeral for Jim will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Greenville with Rev. John Qualmann officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in the Town of Ellington. A visitation for Jim will be held on Friday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Full Military Honors will be held at the church immediately following the service. Borchardt Moder Funeral Home is serving the family. www.borchardtmoderfuneralhomes.com
A special thank you to Dr. Mattio, Christina, Bonnie, Nancy, Laura, Melissa, Paula, Carrie, Mary, Jody, Beth and Kelly and the rest of the staff at Theda Care at Home Hospice and Cherry Meadows, for their wonderful care and concern of Jim.