Sept. 24, 1921 — Sept. 17, 2014
Lyle D. Warren, 92, of Sweet Home passed away Wednesday.
He was born in Nyssa to Marvin Haley and Jessie Mae (Sherrife) Warren. He lived in Sisters as a young boy and moved to Corvallis at the age of 12. He graduated from Corvallis High School in 1938 and attended Oregon State College. From 1940 to 1942, Lyle worked as a surveyor for the Engineering Branch of the U.S. Army out of Camp Adair.
From 1942 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force as an aerial gunnery instructor. He achieved the rank of sergeant and logged many hours in B17 and B24 bombers.
After his military service he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Oregon State College, graduating in 1947. He became a registered professional engineer in 1949 and eventually was a licensed professional engineer in many states. He started his career in the woods products industry, working for Weyerhaeuser in Springfield and Everett, Washington. He moved to Sweet Home in 1953 and worked for Willamette National in Foster.
In 1962 he formed his own engineering firm, L.D. Warren and Associates, which later became Warren and Brewster Company, and now is Maxi Mill Inc. of Albany. He designed and built many modern computerized sawmills across the United States and British Columbia, Canada.
Lyle enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, camping, rock hunting and ATV rides on the Oregon Coast. In 1941 Lyle earned his private pilot license. Before he retired, he often flew for business and pleasure, and eventually had instrument and multiengine ratings.
Lyle Warren and Josephine Copeland met at a dance in Rickreall and were married July 5, 1941, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Lebanon. They recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine Warren; children and their spouses, Martha and Glen Jones, Michael and Nancy Warren, Jo Beth and Phil Harry, Jeffery and Irene Warren, Anthoney and Laura Warren, Matthew and Candy Warren, and Angela and Dale Thoma; sister Mary Neglay; sister-in-law Tresa Mausen; 31 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Lyle was preceded by his father, Marvin; mother, Jessie; brothers Dewitt and Vernon Warren; sister Ruth Shipley; sister-in-law Veronica Mollenhour; and grandsons Anthony and Andrew Harry.
A viewing is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel, with a recitation of the Rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at St. Helen’s Catholic Church. A graveside service with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. at Gilliland Cemetery.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Avamere Lebanon Rehabilitation for the care Lyle received.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements (www.sweethomefuneral.com).