William Lyons WarrickJanuary 2, 1926 ~ December 29, 2017 (age 91)
Bill Warrick passed away peacefully on December 29, 2017 at his
apartment at Sunrise Senior Living in Seal Beach, Calif. Bill was four
days short of his 92nd birthday. He was quite fit and active into his late
eighties, but suffered from the effects of memory loss during the last
five years of his life.
William Lyons Warrick was born in Scranton Pennsylvania January 2,
1926, the son of a successful highway engineer. His family lived in
several cities and towns in Pennsylvania as they followed Bill's father's
career, finally settling in Hollidaysburg PA in the late 1930s. Bill
graduated from Hollidaysburg High School in 1943.
Bill served in the Army from 1943 to 1946, trained as an M4 Sherman
tank driver and gunner. He shipped out to Europe in late 1944,
celebrating his nineteenth birthday on a troop ship crossing the North
Atlantic in the dead of winter. Bill's unit, the 26th Tank Battalion 16th
Armored Division, appeared in combat for the first time just prior to VE
Day in May 1945.
After World War II, Bill attended Penn State University, graduating in
1949. He participated in ROTC and was commissioned a second
lieutenant. Bill narrowly missed being called up a second time to serve
in the Korean War.
Bill married Joan Gramly of Altoona PA in 1949. The marriage lasted 41
years and produced two sons, Bill and Dave. Joan, who was also a
graduate of Penn State, worked as a primary school teacher until the
boys were born. The family moved frequently as Bill moved up the
career ladder. Joan became skillful at buying, renovating, and selling
Also in 1949, Bill began his career with Atlantic Refining Company, later
known as Atlantic Richfield or ARCO. He started out as a local sales rep
in western Pennsylvania, but gradually moved to positions of
greater responsibility in marketing and product distribution. At various
times, Bill was based in Pittsburgh, Erie, Philadelphia, New York,
Chicago, and L.A. After retiring from ARCO in 1985, Bill worked in
Spain as an oil industry consultant, and later did similar consulting in
In 1992 Bill married Jean Moore, a fellow ARCO retiree who was
originally from the Philadelphia area. Bill and Jean created a beautiful
home together in Carlsbad Calif., and shared many interests, including
volunteer work for Retirement Housing Foundation. They traveled the
world until her death in 2004.
Bill was buried next to Jean Moore Warrick in Drexel Hill Pennsylvania
on January 8, 2018.