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Louis “Neil” Warren, formerly of St. Joseph, Mo., passed away Dec. 24, 2010 at the age of 89, in the Hospice House of North Kansas City Hospital.
Neil was born on April 29, 1921 in Grant City, Mo., to Thomas Foster and Gladys (Ince) Warren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Gladys and Foster Warren; his brother, Wilber Warren and his devoted wife, Madge Warren.
Neil is survived by his loving sister, Mildred Nykel, who was at his bedside at the time of his death; three children, Tom Warren of Eagle Rock, Mo., Tim Warren of St. Joseph, Mo., and Roxanne Clouse, Amazonia, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
As a younger man, Neil was a professional wrestler who wrestled carnivals at county fairs and in auditoriums throughout the country. He was in the first group of wrestlers whose matches were televised.
Neil served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Later he served his country in a civilian capacity working at White Sand Proving Grounds in New Mexico and Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. His work at these installations required Neil to have a military security clearance of 26; 27 was the highest security clearance level at that time. Neil continued to work in that capacity until he retired in 1986 and moved back to his farm in Ava, Mo.
In 1999, he moved to Cameron Mo., near the family of his wife, Madge Warren. Neil cared for Madge ceaselessly when she developed Alzheimer’s. Madge passed away on March 16, 2006. Neil continued to reside in Cameron until his death on Christmas Eve, 2010.
Neil was a devout Mormon and the family suggests memorials be sent to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cameron, Mo., and/or to the Hospice House in the North Kansas City Hospital.
Services were 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cameron. Evening Visitation: 7-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Afternoon Visitation: 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, Mo. Arrangements are under direction of Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.