Warren Dwight Monroe

Memorial Services: June 9, 2 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kennewick. Interment: June 10, 3 p.m., Bridgeport Cemetery.

 

Warren Dwight Monroe was born on March 1, 1934, to Raleigh Clinton and Dorothy Ellen Monroe in Chelan, Washington.  He passed away peacefully on May 16th, 2018 at home with his wife and daughters by his side.  He was the 5th of 7 children, was raised in Bridgeport, Washington, and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1952.  He attended Washington State College and University of Washington.

In 1958 he met the love of his life, Betty Jo Pool, and married her three months later.  They were married for almost 60 years.  Warren graduated from Central Washington College with a teaching degree; later earning a Masters Degree. He taught junior high in Bothell, Wash., then high school in Coulee Dam, Wash.  In 1967 he accepted a position at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, where he taught until retirement.  He was beloved by his students and was “father” to many and a wonderful counselor.  Upon retirement he didn’t give up his passion for education or students.  For many years he served on a Masonic Scottish Rite committee interviewing and granting scholarships to students.  Warren was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kennewick.  There he served on the vestry, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and volunteered for many years helping with the church rummage sales.  Warren had many talents and varied interests- carpentry, gardening, woodworking, stamp and coin collecting; he could repair almost anything.  Warren had empathy for people and animals combined with a wonderful sense of humor and he will be greatly missed.  He is survived by his wife; daughter Kelli Van Horne (Steve); daughter Shanta Gervickas (Mark); adopted daughter Traci Rued; brothers, John Monroe and Don Monroe (Billie), sister JoAnne Olsen (Paul); and grandchildren Christian, Mariah, Kimberly, Lexi, Caleb, Alexis, Mason, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be June 9 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kennewick with interment June 10 at 3 p.m. at Bridgeport Cemetery.

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