John Henry Warner, Bowling Green, passed away 2 p.m. Sun. April 7, 2019 at Country View Nursing Facility, Bowling Green. He was born Oct 10, 1938 to Ernest E. and Mattie (Knock) Warner on their family farm at Ashley with Dr. Matthews assisting. Visitation will be at Bibb-Veach Funeral Home, Bowling Green, from 4-6:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2019 with the Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m. Pastors John Birkhead and Don Amelung will be officiating.
He attended grade school in Ashley, being taught grades 1-6 by Miss Lucy Ella Blackwell and grades 7-8 by Mrs. Henry (Ruth) Parrish, graduating from Bowling Green High School in 1956. He served six months active duty (having joined the US Army Reserve, April 1956) and 7 1⁄2 years in reserve. He went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2018. He retired June 1999 after 36 yrs at Hercules, Inc. in the Syn. Lub. Department.
July 1974, while vacationing at Moody Bible Institute Conference at Winona Lake, Ind., he met Eleanore Dodson, an R.N. from Indianapolis, Ind. They married Oct. 5, 1975. In the late 1970s, 2 Med. Mission trips to Honduras with the Christian Med. Soc. — plus 2 more Mo. Baptist Medical Mission trips to Iasi, Romania and El Salvador.
Soon after their marriage, some friends help them understand the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, by showing the film "The Silent Scream." They became quite involved in the prolife cause here in Mo., and over the next 20 years they went to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life each January. Several years, they took 4-8 school youth on each trip also. In 1996, Eleanore was elected to be an alternate delegate for Alan Keyes for U.S. President, so they were able to attend the 1996 Republican National Convention in Dan Diego, Calif.
John became involved with Republican politics in his late teens and has supported conservative, prolife candidates ever since. He became known as ‘Mr. Republican’ all those years, as there were so few known Republicans in Pike Co. He volunteered for campaigns, walked in parades for them all.
They have had a "time share" with Word of Life Bible Conferences, near Hudson, Fla., or Schroon Lake, NY in the Adirondack Mts. since 1989. They were privileged to travel to 42 states, Canada and Mexico. Throughout their 43+ yrs. of marriage, they were members of Eolia, & Immanuel Baptist churches and attended 40 Mo. and Southern Baptist Conventions in various US cities. John was a deacon and Sun. School teacher in 2nd, Immanuel and Eolia Baptist Churches.
A quote from John’s condensation of his life since BGHS graduation on their 50th anniversary he stated: "Of all the live experiences, the only one that will count 1 second after this life is over, is the decision to ask for forgiveness for sin and by faith to accept Christ’s death for us on the cross. It all boils down to, what did we do with the gift of salvation?"
Per John’s request he was cremated, and buried in Mts. Runn Cemetery, Whitestown, Ind. He had requested instead of flowers, that any expressions of sympathy be made to Far East Broadcasting Co.(FEBC is a 501c3 organization, est. in 1945, to promote the Gospel to Far Eastern countries.) PO Box 1, La Mirada, Calif. 90637-0001. John has contributed to this cause for over 65 years. FEBC is presently building a new radio station in S. Korea to beam the Gospel into N. Korea. There will be information about the project at Bibb-Veach Funeral Home, Bowling Green.