Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 88, died Friday, July 31, 2020, at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. He was born September 13, 1931, in Three Rivers, Michigan, the son of John & Lucile (Collyer) Mayer.
Warren graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1949, then attended Western Michigan University for his undergraduate degree. He received his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. Warren was in the U.S. Army where he served during the hydrogen tests at Eniwetok Atoll. He was a band director and guard at the Ft. Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks. Warren was band and choir director in Kingsley/Pierson School District in Iowa for 13 years, then spent 25 years as a band director in the Chelsea School District. He was very involved with the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association, played clarinet in the Dexter Community Band, and Ann Arbor Civic Summer Band. Warren was a member and choir director of Zion Lutheran Church, Assistant Scoutmaster at Troop 425, and a member of Chelsea Kiwanis for many years. He also volunteered at Chelsea Retirement Community.
On Dec. 23, 1966, he married Linda L. Weiandt in Three Rivers, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 19, 1985. On Oct. 4, 1997, he married Linda (Weidemier) Wickre, and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, David (Kim) Mayer of Ypsilanti, Timothy (Amy) Mayer of Galion, OH; a step-son, Jay Wickre of Hill City, SD; his twin sisters, Donna (Ed) Elder and Diane Butler; 13 grandchildren, Julia, Gloria, Melody, Grant, Nathan, Elliot, Joe, Katie, Michael, Addie, Elli, Grace, and Emma; 6 step-grandchildren, Leah Wytosick, Kaylin Wickre, Jayson Wickre, Andrew Wickre, Yolanda Elrod, Carrie Angulo; 6 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Roger.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 7, 11:00 am at Zion Lutheran Church, 3050 S Fletcher Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118, with Rev. Kurt Hutchens officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Thursday, August 6. Please call 734-475-1551 to schedule a time to greet the family. There will also be visitation and viewing on Friday from 10-11 am at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, to establish a music scholarship fund, or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
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