Oshall Lee Warren, the son of the late Rev. John N. Warren and Ertie May Triplett Warren, was born on Jan. 27, 1928, in Essex and died at his home in Dexter on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009.
Oshall was married on Dec. 22, 1951, to Betty Lou Wills Warren, and she survives at their home in Dexter.
Oshall was a veteran of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. His occupations included farming in McGee, developing residential property in the Granite City, Ill. area and retired from Western Trucking Company in St. Louis.
On July 3, 1954, he surrendered his life to his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was called to be a deacon and was ordained in 1961. He served three churches in that capacity. He and his wife also helped plant a mission church in Granite City, Ill., which is now called Johnson Road General Baptist Church. He had a deep love for the Bible and taught a Sunday School class most of his adult life. After his retirement, he went on several short-term mission trips to Jamaica and Honduras. He was a mentor and friend to many.
Besides his wife, he is survived by five sons, Rev. Phillip Warren and his wife Cynthia of Dexter, Timothy Warren and his wife Sherril of Granite City, Ill., Mark Warren and his wife Treasa of Granite City, Ill., Paul Warren of Pearl, Miss. and Sean Warren and his wife Jill of Poplar Bluff. He was also survived by one daughter, Pamela Cook and her husband Terry of Glen Carbon, Ill. Oshall is also survived by 20 grandchildren, Kellie Penn, Andrew Warren, James Ford, Abigail Warren, Oliver Warren, Harley Warren, Clayton Warren, Christopher Warren, Calvin Warren, Jason Warren, Justin Warren, Amy Rush, Cody Pinkston, Audrey Pinkston, Melissa Cook, Lindsay Cook, Lucas Warren, Sophia Warren, Lola Warren and Isabella Warren. He is survived by eight great-grandchildren, Mason and Millie Penn, Clayton Warren II, Rachel Warren, Jeremiah and Madilynn Warren, Emilla Warren, and Zachary Rush. He is survived by five sisters, Lillian Richmann of Greenville, Ruby Hefner of McGee, Helen Walk of Puxico, Alma Berrong of Clubb, and Norma Jean Hamann of Puxico.
Oshall was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Daniel James Warren, Charles Lowell Warren, and John N. Warren, Jr.; and two sisters, Ertie Fay Ryan and Lula Belle Wilfong. He was also preceded in death one daughter-in-law, Donna Warren; and one great-grandson, Miles Penn.
The visitation for Oshall Warren will be Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at the Liberty Hill General Baptist Church in Dexter. The funeral will be at the church on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Phil Warren officiating. He will be buried at the Richmann Cemetery in Wappapello.