Wilbur Warnick

May 24, 1926 – Feb. 27, 2020

Funeral services for Wilbur Warnick, 93-year-old Buffalo resident, will be held by his family in the spring in Leola, South Dakota. Donations in Mr. Warnick’s memory may be made to the Buffalo Senior Center in care of Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com 

Wilbur Kent Warnick was born on May 24, 1926 in Aberdeen, South Dakota to M. Donald and Ruth Warnick. He grew up on their farm near Leola, South Dakota where he went to school and graduated from Leola High School in 1943. He joined the US Navy in 1944 and saw action in the Pacific theater, participating in the battle of Okinawa and was discharged after the war in 1946. He married Dee Jessen on Nov. 20, 1948 and lived in Rapid City, South Dakota. He joined the Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers Union Local 454 in Casper and worked for over 25 years at that trade. After retiring he purchased a ranch outside of Clearmont and spent 25 years doing what he loved most – operating their ranch until retiring in 2005 and moving to Buffalo. He enjoyed life, especially his years operating their Clearmont ranch. He passed away Thursday, Feb. 27 at his home in Buffalo.

He is survived by one son David Warnick of Laramie; one daughter Jan Warnick of Buffalo; one brother Marshall Warnick of Arvada, Colorado; one son-in-law Tom Pionkoski of Buffalo; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one daughter Pam Pionkoski and two brothers.