Wayne L. Warwick

Jul 25, 2012 Staff

Wayne L. Warwick, 79, of Riverton and formerly of Minnesota, died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at his home.

A celebration of life will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the family home at 761 Eight Mile Road. The family asks that visitors bring a written story to share. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.

Wayne Leslie Warwick was born July 13, 1932, in Bertha, Minn., to Wendel Wayne Warwick and Alma Warwick. Wayne graduated from Hewitt High School in 1950.

On Sept. 11, 1951, he joined the Air Force where he was an air policeman with the secret service air patrol until Sept. 10, 1955. After his military service, Wayne attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., majoring in electrical science. Wayne was a self-employed master electrician, operating Warwick Lectric until the time of his death.

Mr. Warwick married Fae Boone on April 17, 1961. She preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 1992. He then married Sharon Kuenzel on June 15, 1996, in Deadwood, S.D.

He was a member of the Dakota County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol for 23 years serving as captain, lieutenant and sergeant. For many years, Wayne was wagon master out rider on Dakota County Board of Directors and County Liason for the Camp Courage Wagon Trail. He also drove his horses in numerous parades and events, and he served as drill master and taught drills teams that performed in Minnesota.

Mr. Warwick was a member of the Minnesota State Mounted Posse, VFW, American Legion, Masons, Shriners and Wind River Back Country Horsemen. He rode in the presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., for President Bush.

He also participated in several Jail and Bail sessions for the American Cancer Society fundraising effort and assisted with crowd control for benefit rodeos, air shows and an alcohol-free dance for young people. He and other members also served as honor guard at several funerals.

His family said he loved trail riding and camping with his horses, hunting, fishing and a good "argumentative debate" be it on politics, location on a ride or just to have one. His family said he would often say, "All rides are great rides, some are just better than others," and "I ain't been told yet" was a favorite saying that would get under the skin of his wife, Sharon.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; stepson Craig Kuenzel of Bloomington, Minn.; stepdaughter Kellijean (Dewey) Fisher of Riverton; sister Leona Porter of Deer Creek, Minn.; uncle Marvin (Joan) Cook of Alexandria, Minn.; aunt Alice Cook of Clarissa, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jerry, Allen, Earle and Lloyd; mothers-in-law Evelyn Boone and Donna Schnedler; fathers-in-law Forrest Boone and Louis Schnedler; uncle Vernon (Pete) Cook, and brother-in-law Donald Porter.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences for the family may be made at

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