Warriner

Dennis Ralph Warriner, formerly of Mora and Braham, died on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at the REM Home in Willmar. He was 69 years old.

He was born on Nov. 8, 1952, in Fairmont, to parents Ralph and Fanny (Kushner) Warriner. Welcomed home by his big brother Gilbert, the family soon moved to a farm just north of Braham. Born with special needs, he was one of the first children in the special education program in the Braham School system. 

His parents were part of the founding group that started Industries Inc. and Brighter Day in Mora to help adults with disabilities. He worked several different jobs through Industries but loved being a janitor in the Mora post office lobby where he got to visit with people from the community.  

In 1982, the family moved just outside of Mora. In 2002, he moved to a Brighter Day home in Mora when his father’s health declined, and he was no longer able to care for Denny. He loved living in town and had a walking route of people and places to visit each day around town. In 2012, after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a fall, he moved again to the REM Home in Willmar where he resided until his death.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mora and served as an usher and greeter and attended Sunday School and Bible Studies for many years. 

He enjoyed watching baseball games and cheering on his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. He also loved to fish and spent countless hours waiting for a big fish to bite. He will always be remembered for his ability to leave you with a laugh and a smile. He will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother, Gil (Judy); nephew, Nathan; great nieces, Annabelle, Molly and Maelynn; as well as other relatives and friends.

A graveside service and inurnment will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan.13, 2021, at Assembly Area No. 4 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Pastor Gus Schill will officiate. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.

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