August William (Bill) Warr, an Archuleta County pioneer resident passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 23. He was a fourth generation Coloradan; his family settled in the San Luis Valley in the late 1800s and moved to the Pagosa Springs area in the early 1900s.
Bill served in the Air Force during World War II as an aircraft mechanic. He spent 13 years in military service. His duty was on the Pacific corridor where he was stationed in Guam and the Aleutian Islands. After he was discharged from the military, he spent the next few years working for the Colorado State Highway Department with assignments on Wolf Creek Pass, in Dove Creek and Piedra, Colo. After retirement, he spent his time fishing, hunting, trapping, gardening and working with his rocks. His greatest joy was being in the mountains.
Bill was born to Wade and Ella Warr on July 6, 1921, in Del Norte, Colo. Bill and Golda Elizabeth (Masco) Warr were married on April 8, 1948, and spent the next 62 years together. He is survived by his wife, Goldie, of the home, and two daughters, Billie Heath and Becky Thorne, and their families.
Billie and husband Sanford (Buster) Heath of Garland, Texas, and their children. Sharmonea and husband Jason Baggett and their children, Tristen and Lauren of Antlers, Okla. Conan and wife, Karisha, Heath of Garland, Texas. Ashley and husband Jake Kohan and children Abigail and Madelyn of Haltom City, Texas.
Daughter Becky Thorne with companion Buck Small-Elk and son, Michael Thorne of Colorado Springs, Colo. Wynona and husband Shawn Trepas of Durango, Colo., and their children, William, Luther and Alexander. Eric Ellis Eaklor of Pagosa Springs and YoVonda Eaklor of Albion, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by his parents and all four of his siblings: Frieda Harlan, Donald Warr, Frances Dunagan and Joyce Steele. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.