JENKS, Okla. — Kerry Dale Warren, 62, of Jenks, Oklahoma went to his heavenly home on Dec. 26, 2020, following a valiant battle with renal cancer.
Kerry was born Aug. 13, 1958, to Virginia June Wray Stovall (Warren) and Orval Ray Warren in Oakland City. Shortly after, the family moved. His mother, with her parents, returned to Oakland City in 1968. Kerry was starting the fifth grade and soon met Kathy Gay Osborne, his future wife.
Kerry’s interests are varied. After he graduated from Wood Memorial High School in 1976, he went on to earn a double associates in Electronics Technology and Laser-Optics Technology, Vincennes University, 1978; a Bachelor of Arts in American Intercultural Ministries, Moody Bible Institute, 1988; and a Masters in Behavioral Science, Southern Oklahoma State University, 2007.
Kerry was known to joke around and make people laugh. He would bend over backward to help someone, including protecting and taking care of family. Kerry was respected for his wisdom and integrity. He was passionate about teaching the Word and helping people grow in their understanding of truth, their walk with the Lord, preparation for ministry, discovering their worth, and finding freedom from addiction. This came through in his work as General Director of Native American Bible Ministries (Ringold), as well as regular preaching/teaching and/or pastoral input at 1st Indian Baptist Church (McAlester), Chapel of the Pines Church (Hochatown), Myrtlewood Baptist Church (Broken Bow), St. Matthew Presbyterian Church (Broken Bow), Sandy Creek, Antlers Bible Church, and various other Oklahoma churches. It also came through in his drug and alcohol rehabilitation counseling through Valliant House (Valliant), Kiamichi Council in conjunction with Drug Court (Idabel/Durant/Hugo), Department of Rehabilitation Services and Legacy Family Health (Idabel), and Indian Health Care (Tulsa), as well as in his passionate leadership in Celebrate Recovery (Broken Bow). He was also honored to serve as a fire fighter with the Ringold Volunteer Fire Department.
Kerry loved his family. He was a beloved son and brother of seven siblings. He married Kathy Gay Osborne, his high school sweetheart and love of his life, on his 20th birthday in 1978 at the First General Baptist Church in Oakland City, saying that she was his beautiful gift. Kerry did not like to brag on himself but continued to praise his wife for her un-aging beauty, gentleness, and her care for him. They raised three children: Kathy D. Warren, Alina (Adam) Warren Fennell, and John (Jacqueline) Warren. They are grandparents to Zoe, Dakota and Matthew Fennell, and Adaiah and Eliana Warren. Being “Pappy” to his five grandchildren brought him great joy.
Surviving are sisters Sabrina G. (Timothy) Frederick, Alohna K. Warren, Patricia Annette (Kelly) Barnes, Debora (Patrick) Warwo and Stephanie (Mark) Buffington. His surviving brothers are Kevin D. Warren and Ron (Brenda) Warren. He is also survived by brothers-in-law Steve (Brenda) Osborne and Chuck (Trudy) Osborne and sister-in-law Jo (Tim) Tate. He has many nieces and nephews and friends that felt like family.
Proceeding him in death are his grandparents Rev. John P. and Elva Wray, mother Virginia June Wray Stovall, step-father Raymond Stovall, father Orval Ray Warren, parents-in-law Riley and Connie Osborne, and niece Emily Warren.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Broken Bow, Oklahoma on Saturday, Jan. 2, at 1 pm. Brumley Funeral Home Of Broken Bow were in charge of the arrangements. Services can be viewed on their website. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to House Upon a Rock (Broken Bow), http://www.houseuponarock.org/donations, or to Antioch Ministries International, bit.do/sharelifenow (staff support, Warren).