Dee Warnick, 87 year old Buffalo woman, passed away quietly early Saturday morning at her home in Buffalo. A private interment will be held by her family.  Donations in Mrs. Warnick’s may be made to the Salvation Army in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.

Dee Warnick was born on March 17, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Anton and Kitty Jessen.  She moved as a young child to Milbank, South Dakota where she grew up and went to school.  She graduated from Milbank High School with the class of 1946.  After high school she worked for the Civil Service at Ft. Mead, South Dakota.  She was married on November 20, 1948 at Ft. Mead, South Dakota to Wilbur Warnick and they made their home in Rapid City where Dee worked for the Civil Service at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

In 1951 they moved to Leola, South Dakota and Dee was a homemaker.  She attended Northern State Teachers College for two years where she received a teaching certificate.  They moved to Nemo, South Dakota where she taught at the Nemo Country School from 1963 until 1965.  They later moved back to Rapid City where Dee taught elementary education and attended Black Hills State Teacher’s College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  In 1968 they moved to Ft. Collins Colorado and she worked as a substitute teacher.  In 1973 they moved to Burns, Wyoming and she continued substitute teaching.  In 1981 they bought a ranch North of Clearmont where they lived and worked for 25 years.  They retired in 2006 and moved into Buffalo where the continued living until her death.

Dee was a member of the Clearmont Extensions Club, she enjoyed sewing, gardening and painting scenery.

She is survived by her husband Wilbur Warnick of Buffalo; one son David Warnick of Laramie, Wyoming; one daughter Janet Warnick of Colorado Springs, Colorado; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents two brothers and one daughter.

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