Arthur Menten Warwick aka Monster Grandpa, 93, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008.
He was born June 11, 1915 in Fargo, N.D. to Mary Sophia Waarwick and Martin Joseph Week.
He met the love of his life, Edna Marie Wakeland, while Golden Gloves boxing her beau. They later married on Sept. 29, 1936 in New Rockford, N.D. They moved several times before moving from Bothell in 1950 to Prosser along with their four daughters, Shirley Joan, Louise Janice, Darlene Joyce and Patty Jean and seven-month-old son, Gary Harold.
He worked at Hanford as a carpenter before he retired in 1975. He enjoyed farming and at different times he grew nectarines, grapes, hay, and wheat and raised cattle on his farm. He enjoyed woodworking and working with his hands.
He spent the last years of his life with his son and his wife. Words that best describe Art would be funny, silly, witty, daring, honorable, strong and loving. He was the best husband, father, protector and grandfather ever. He protected his family's honor and provided for them. His children adored him and he entertained with his never- ending antics. He loved life and enjoyed each and every day while on the mountain top in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. He passed to another place looking at his million dollar view, telling his son he was 100 percent, as he did each day. Daddy you are 100 percent.
His words of wisdom for his family, which he repeated on his last day, were "live a clean life, love your family, no fighting, goodbye and thank you for a good life. A special thank you to Dwight for caring for my daughter through a horrible illness; my son and daughter-in-law for their care and wonderful life they gave me these last years; and the grandchildren who blessed me. A special thank you to all the caregivers, especially Judy, in the last days of my life. I am now joining my beloved wife, mother and beautiful daughter, Louise. Goodbye and thank you for a wonderful life."
He is survived by his daughters, Shirley (Chester) Yeary, Darlene (Dwight) Kenner and Patty (Bruce) Kautz; son, Gary (Billie) Warwick; grandchildren, Shirley's children, Joni (Bill) Penwell, Rick Yeary, Tina (Gary) Murbach, Louises's children, John Maling, Bret Maling, Craig Hopperstad, Sherri (Ted) Gombos, Darlene's children, Carol (Bruce) Henry, Doug (Wendy) Kenner, Patti's children, Van, Rhonda, Teri, Jason Dunbar, Gary's children, Shawn (Kat) Warwick and Denise (Ryan) Ennis; great-granchildren, Dustin (Lindsey) Penwell, Jeremy Penwell, Derick Yeary, Tamese Yeary, Jonathan Murbach, Christopher Murbach, Darius LaPierre, Ryan, Stephanie, Brittany and Brooke Hopperstad and their half-sister Jordan, Cody Gombos, David, Erik and Michael Henry, Brad and Greg Kenner, Caleb, Anthony and Olivia Warwick, Jayden, Jessica and Ethan Ennis, Jesse, Randi, Ricci, Garrett, Kelsey, Danika, Erik and Aimee Dunbar; step grandchildren, Heather (Gary) Larson and Michelle Moser; and step great-grandchildren, Noah Larson and Gabriel Selstrom.
He reunites with his wife, Edna; mother, Mary; father, Martin Weeks; brother, Harold; sister, Gladys; and daughter, Louise in a better place, heaven. He boxed his way through several health problems these last years and he will box his way through heaven too.
Graveside services will be Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Prosser Memorial Cemetery.
A special memorial will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at 4 p.m. at Gary and Billie Warwick's house in Paradise Valley. We would like to invite all our new friends, caregivers and hospice, medical and emergency staff of Bonners Ferry to a barbecue potluck. Thank you all for your help, concern and friendship in everyway you helped during our time with Art in our new home. Call 509-831-8586 for directions.
A special thank you to hospice and their support; Mic for his support and special way; Dr. Ashley and her staff, always helpful; the emergency rescue unit and sheriff department, the best I ever had; the hospital and pharmacy staff, for their fast service; Judy Stockton, Marsha Cossette, Michael Boogard, Jan and Jeff, Sue and Les and Art's favorite bath nurse, Heidi, for their care and love they showed our dad. And all our caregivers and staff members at Lava Rock.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the lymphoma cancer fund.