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In Memory of

James Austin Warder

January 3, 1922 - May 8, 2017

Obituary


James Austin Warder, 95, passed away peacefully at Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral, Florida on May 8, 2017. He was born January 3, 1922 to the late Annie Belle (Bowie) and Harry Irving Warder of Marbury, Maryland. He was the seventh of ten children, and their last living child. He was a 1939 graduate of Lackey High School in Indian Head, Maryland.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Lydia Rebecca (Eastburn) Warder; his grandson James (Jimmy) Reed Turner, Sr.; grandsons James (Jim) Reed Turner, Jr. and Anthony (Tony) Filmore...

James Austin Warder, 95, passed away peacefully at Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral, Florida on May 8, 2017. He was born January 3, 1922 to the late Annie Belle (Bowie) and Harry Irving Warder of Marbury, Maryland. He was the seventh of ten children, and their last living child. He was a 1939 graduate of Lackey High School in Indian Head, Maryland.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Lydia Rebecca (Eastburn) Warder; his grandson James (Jimmy) Reed Turner, Sr.; grandsons James (Jim) Reed Turner, Jr. and Anthony (Tony) Filmore Turner. Also, his brothers Harold, Wilson, Aubrey, and Sonny. And sisters Irma, Marguerite, Teenie, Mary Rosalee, and Gloria.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Sandra Benson (born on his 21st birthday), and her husband Ray; granddaughter Terry (Turner) Sherman, and husband John; grandchildren Christopher, Ryan (wife Alex), and Collin Sherman; and great-granddaughter Alexis Turner. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews of the large Warder family, and members of the Eastburn family.
Austin was very proud of his military service as a Seabee. After World War II began, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of twenty. He spent twenty-seven months in the South Pacific on the American Samoan Islands, with Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit #506, building airplane runways and roads, and a hospital and barracks for the wounded and sick. Following Honorable Discharge from the Navy once the war ended, Austin found employment at the Naval Powder Factory in Indian Head. He worked his way up the ladder to become a Director of the Public Works Department for the (renamed) Naval Ordinance Station.
When Austin and Lydia each had acquired thirty-five years of government service, they retired to Cape Coral, where they spent many happy years of golfing, boating, gardening, traveling with friends and family, and enjoying the warm climate. They moved from their home to Gulf Coast Village in 2004. Austin and Lydia had been married for sixty-seven years when Lydia passed away in 2009.
Austin was a thoughtful, devoted, honest man who was admired by many. He loved nothing more than spending time with family, and his love for his family was clear to all who knew him. He had a keen sense of humor, and a love of music. He and Lydia were Washington Redskins fans, and held season tickets on the 50 yard line for many years before retiring to Florida.
The family thanks and appreciates the love and compassion provided by the caregivers of Gulf Coast Village, GCV Home Health Care, and Hope Hospice.
A funeral service will be held in the Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery Chapel on May 20, at 11:30 a.m., with visitation from 10-11:30. Interment will follow the service, at graveside, with Military Honors.