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Warren Joseph Lerch

Warren Joseph Lerch, of Sun Lakes (born in Canton, OH), passed peacefully on February 18, 2021, at the age of 78. He is at rest with his beloved wife, Norma-Jeanne (Woodburn-Cain) Lerch. He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Harry and Evelyn Lerch; Tom, Dave, Mark, Jerry, and twins. He is survived by Judy Steiger, Karen Piero, and Sue Stauffer. Warren had attended Kent State University. He was a retired sales agent (Sun Lakes Realty) and small business owner (J+W Fence Company in Minerva, OH). Warren was also a proud veteran of the U. S. Navy. Later in life, Warren spent much of his time with his dog Otis, whom he trained to ride a skateboard and agility maneuvers. Some of his other passions were horseback riding, hunting trips, gardening, and listening to both classical and country music.

He had many friends and family who will mourn his loss.

Internment is currently pending due to covid-19 restrictions. His final resting place will be National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona (23029 N Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85024)


  • Norm Noble Posted February 25, 2021 4:00 PM

    A wonderful, kind man, who is missed already.

  • Gordon Lynch Posted February 25, 2021 4:39 PM

    A man of God, full of faith to his last breath. A true friend who is deeply missed.

  • Bob and Nila Birkholz Posted February 25, 2021 5:00 PM

    We did not know Warren well but what we did know was he was a Believer in Christ as his Savior. Until we meet again, Warren.

  • Patty LeVoir Posted February 25, 2021 5:36 PM

    Warren was a true believer in Christ as his savior and a wonderful, kind man. I always enjoyed our garden conversations. I will miss this dear man.

  • Bob and Dimple Jones Posted February 25, 2021 8:43 PM

    Warren was a person highly respected by us.
    He will be greatly missed in our congregation.

  • George and Joan Shuttleworth Posted February 26, 2021 10:38 AM

    We loved Warren so much and enjoyed every visit with him…..and Otis!! We especially were privileged to be invited to his home for a delicious dinner he prepared for George and I. Martha Stewart would have been impressed. Wonderful discussions with him. He loved his Lord wholeheartedly and missions was dear to his heart. We will miss him very much, but will see him in Glory.

  • Nina Helen Moore Posted February 27, 2021 12:41 AM

    Warren was a man of faith and integrity. He was a quiet man but a man of God. He was dedicated to missions . He will be missed by all. Warren , you have earned your place in heaven by your faith. Someday we will meet you there..

  • Mark Shuttleworth Posted February 27, 2021 12:46 PM

    II am saddened to hear of the passing of Warren. met Warren through my parents Joan and George about 3 months ago. Warren was po passionate about History as am I so we had a wonderful discussion about the Cuvil War that was so interesting, and I was able to meet Otis his affectionate dog and buddy. Warren made a lasting impression on me as a kind and compassionate man, and a true Christian gentleman with a love for his Savior. You will be missed Warren …

  • Merle and LaVerne Zahler Posted February 27, 2021 3:09 PM

    Warren was a good, sincere, Christian man, highly respected and loved by so many. He was saved by Grace, through Faith.
    We miss him very much, but are comforted in in the certainty of where he is.

  • John and Mary Kirscht Posted February 27, 2021 6:10 PM

    Warren was our neighbor and good friend. We will miss him.

  • Tom and Drinda Nigbur Posted March 2, 2021 10:39 AM

    We have been friends and neighbors of Warren for 17 years and we have enjoyed our times of fellowship and good conversations. Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. To God be the glory.

  • Jackie Shields Posted March 18, 2021 9:50 PM

    My heart is broken Warren was a long time colleague, mentor, but most of all, Friend. I will miss him dearly. I will miss our lunches and conversations . At our last lunch, he told me he was making his “Final Cut”, My response was he already had, He was one of a kind, truly a good man.! He will be forever in my heart.

  • Elaine Sheppard Posted March 27, 2021 7:44 AM

    So sorry to hear this sad news.

  • Nancy Sluzewicz Posted March 27, 2021 1:32 PM

    I will miss Warren and Otis as for 16 years I considered him “friend”. I called us walkby friends as mostly stopped to chat if walking our precious dogs. He always had good stories to tell, candy to share and recipes of his good meals he made altho I told him I never cook! I kidded him when he stopped to show me his fancy new car which I called “ Your chick magnet”. Sweet Otis will deeply grieve for his lost master! RIP Warren!

  • Eva Woodburn Posted April 12, 2021 1:02 PM

    On behalf of the family I thank you for your kind and thoughtful messages.

  • Eva Woodburn Posted April 12, 2021 1:04 PM

    Thank you for your message

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