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01/20/2017


Frederick James Warren passed away peacefully at McReynolds Hall on January 20, 2017 in Gaylord, Michigan at the age of ninety.

Fred is survived by his wife, Barbara, his children, James (Jacqueline) Warren of Gaylord, Beverly (Charles) Brown of Kalamazoo, and Jacquelyn (Bruce) Warren Smith of Gaylord.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Davis, David (Jamie) McKinney-Brown, Jason Warren Smith, Sarah (Vincent) Inendino, his sisters, Edith Welling, Rose Jones, Ethel Frazier, Wilma (Ozzie) Viau, many brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.  His parents, William and Ramsay McLeod Warren of Wolverine and his sister, Katherine Harris, preceded him in death.

Fred was born on January 27, 1926 along with his twin sister, Rose, in Wolverine, Michigan to William and Ramsay Warren.  While working for Daisy Manufacturing in Plymouth, Michigan, Fred met his future wife, Barbara Dely.  Fred and Barb were married in Plymouth, Michigan on July 2, 1949.  Fred and Barb welcomed three children, Jim, Bev, and Jackie, into their home, and Fred set about teaching them to work hard, pursue their goals, and be friendly to all.  His children remember him as a father who persevered and overcame obstacles to provide a loving home for his family.

In 1963, Fred and his family moved to Gaylord, Michigan.  Fred always looked for opportunities to “better himself” and improve his skills.  This perspective led him to pursue education and classes with RETS Electronics School, Dale Carnegie, Honeywell Welding, and locksmithing.  After moving to Gaylord, Fred began working for U. S. Plywood as a boiler operator.  In 1972, Fred became employed at The Alpine Center for the State of Michigan as a power plant operator until the center closed.  He then transferred to the Department of Corrections at the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan as a locksmith and maintenance worker.  Fred continued working for the State of Michigan until he retired in 1987.

Fred was a dedicated individual who loved music and who was passionate about singing country music and playing his guitar.  He enjoyed performing with friends and family throughout his life.  He would just light up when he met friends who enjoyed music as much as he did.

Fred was an active member of the Gaylord First United Methodist Church and truly appreciated their welcoming faith community.  He was a founding member of the Gaylord Chapter of the Elks Club.

A visitation is planned at Nelson Funeral Home from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  A funeral to celebrate Fred’s life is scheduled for 11:00 am on January 26, 2017 with a visitation from 10:00 until time of service at the Gaylord First United Methodist Church on 215 South Center St., Gaylord, Michigan.  Pastor Dan Bowman will officiate the ceremony.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Otsego Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation Services, McReynolds Hall, and/or the Gaylord First United Methodist Church.  Condolences can be sent to nelsonsfuneralhome.com. The family would like to thank the loving caregivers at McReynolds Hall for the care, support, and kindness given to Fred and his family. 


Visitation To Be Held At: Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Service To Be Held At: First United Methodist Church
Burial To Be Held At: Evergreen Hill Cemetery

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From: Dave Kramp
Clare, MI
03-Feb-17

I'm so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was always a delight.

From: PAUL FORTELKA
cADILLAC, mICH.
29-Jan-17

Sorry to hear of your loss Barbara. I worked with Fred at the alpine center. Also enjoyed his music at gatherings and dances.

From: Michael Dely
Bessemer, MI
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26-Jan-17

Jim,Jackie Beverly and Aunt Barb My heart is with you today Uncle Fred as you know... a Wonderful Man Love You Mike

From: Al & Kay Anderson
Vanderbilt, Michigan
25-Jan-17

We are going to miss you, Fred. Every time we hear the church bells across from our favorite eatery we're going to be thinking of you and Barb. Heaven will be joyful with their new entertainer. We will always love & miss you! Al & Kay

From: Karen DeBus
25-Jan-17

Uncle Fred was such a kind loving man, always pleasant and enjoyable to be around. I just can't express how much he will be missed. Our hearts are with all of you. We love you.

From: Sarah Inendino
Schaumburg, IL
24-Jan-17

On Friday morning, I lost my Gramps. A couple years ago I was elected to a leadership position, and he told me to always listen and treat people with integrity. These are words I try to live by everyday. Thank you for sharing the music, always being proud, and teaching me that the arts can change the world. Gramps, I will continue what you started and strive to share and make music more accessible to everyone. We got this. Love you.

From: Connie Harris
23-Jan-17

So sorry for this loss. Uncle Fred was a joy to be around. He always had a smile & a conversation for anyone. Missed all those Dely get togethers with him grabbing up his guitar to entertain us all. Love to all of you.

From: Ann & Vince II LaRosa
Saint James City, Florida
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22-Jan-17

Dear Warren Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need. Your family were always great neighbors when you lived on McCoy Rd. Fred was such a nice kind man and he will be missed.

From: Patricia Albrecht
22-Jan-17

Heaven gets a great "picker" to back up the angels! Miss this wonderful spirited man! Condolences and love to all the family. Hugs, Patrish

From: Aara Willison
Gaylord, MI
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22-Jan-17

I first met Fred and Barb several years ago while attending the Senior Dances in Gaylord. He played in the country band once a month at the Senior Center dance. He was a talented singer and guitar player. The most requested song he did so well was "The Key's In The Mailbox", a favorite of mine, as well. In later years it was good to visit with them at church. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family as they get used to their lives without Fred. He truly was a special person and I will always think of him when I hear that song! Aara Sue

From: Barbara Wolf
Fremont, California
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22-Jan-17

So sorry to hear of your loss. Fred was always friendly and welcoming to the many friends and family members who visited over the years. We will all miss his warm smile. Blessings to all.

From: Laura and Scott Frazier
howell, Michigan
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22-Jan-17

Scott will never forget all the good times they had hunting together, and playing guitar with Bernie (his Dad) I will always remember how his face would lite up with his warm welcoming smile, whenever he greeted me, always making me feel welcomed. We will miss him.

From: MIke and Kathy Drinkert and Family Drinkert
Penobscot , Maine
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21-Jan-17

So many years...so many memories....surrounding you all in our love and light at this time....Know your dad is healed and happy and watching over all of you...all our love from Maine xoxoxoxox. The Drinkert Family ???

From: Janice Jalynski
21-Jan-17

Such a dear sweet man. I didn't often see Uncle Fred, but I was always happy to. Our collective hearts are embracing and loving the entire family at this sad time. With Love, Janice

From: Linda Dely-Dietz
Raleigh, NC
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21-Jan-17

Farewell my dear Uncle Fred - thank you for loving me, inviting me into your home many times, smiling 100% of the time and marrying your darling wife so you two could give me three kind and loving cousins. You are already missed but you leave so many years of beautiful memories for me. I love you.

From: Ed & Laura Scott
Gaylord, MI
21-Jan-17

Fred was a wonderful neighbor for many years and his absence in our lives will be noted daily. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family. May Gob bless you and keep you, and make his light shine down upon you.

From: Jim Kurbel
Gaylord, MI
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20-Jan-17

Our deepest sympathy to Jackie and the rest of the family on the passing of your father. May you find peace in our Lord and Savior and comfort for your grief. Jim & Barbara Kurbel