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Warren K Backus
Mar. 13, 1937 - Jan. 31, 2018
Malone, WI
Funeral Service:
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
2:30 pm
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
N10362 St. Paul Rd.
Malone, WI 53049
Funeral Visitation:
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
N10362 St. Paul Rd.
Malone, WI 53049
Burial Service:
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
St. Paul's Parish Cemetery
Malone, WI
Warren K Backus
Malone, WI

Warren Kenneth Backus, 80, of Malone, died on January 31, 2018 at his home. He was born on March 13, 1937 in West Allis, son of Rueben and Clara (Barth) Backus. He married his first (and only) love, Joan Catalano, on October 23, 1971, at Holy Family Church in Milwaukee.

Warren was a wood pattern maker for 45 years, working 37 of those years at the Neenah Foundry. He was easy-going and eternally optimistic; he never complained. He enjoyed gardening and liked tricking his coworkers into eating the hot peppers he grew. Tractors and traveling put a smile on his face, too. He was proud that he had been to almost every state in the country and was particularly fond of the Canadian Rockies. Warren’s favorite place, however, was sitting on his deck with a beer to enjoy the sunset over the lake at home. 

Warren was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Malone. He spent many years on the church property committee and was happy to volunteer for the annual German dinners. He became known as the “Sauerkraut King.”

Warren is survived by his wife, Joan; his children: Sarah (Steven) Jain, Daniel (Dana) Backus, and Laura (Paul) Wall; grandchildren: Roman and Cole Backus, and Charles Wall; and nieces: Jane, Beth, and Pat.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents, Rueben and Clara; a brother: Donald (Elaine) Backus; and a sister: Doris (Howard) Landvatter.

Funeral services are scheduled 2:30pm on Monday, February 5, 2018, at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (N10362 St. Paul Rd.) in Malone. Friends may call at the church from 1:00pm to 2:30pm on the day of the service.

The family would like to make a special acknowledgment to Warren’s Neenah Foundry coworkers, all of his friends, and his extended family.
I just remember every time we'd see him at an extended family gathering or wedding, he was always smiling and enjoying his family. I'm glad I was part of it.

Jennifer Filen (Maxwell) (Daughter of "Uncle Warren's"cousin, Robert Maxwell.) - Feb. 5, 2018


My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Warren. Please read God's wonderful promise for the loved ones we have lost in death to be fulfilled very soon right here on a brand new Paradise Earth by his son Jesus Christ it will give you hope and comfort during this difficult time John 5:28,29; Revelation 21: 1-5.

Sacramenta Landrum (None) - Feb. 4, 2018


Aunt Joan, Danny,Laura and Sarah ,
Nothing could begin to express how sorry we are to hear about uncle Warren. for my dad he will always treasure the Friday night fires and beers that they shared. The moment Warren saw the lights of our car he’d walk over with a jug of beer and a weeks worth of talking. He will be missed by so many . But is still so very loved. Proust to a great man who kept busy but still had time for a talk about the good old days and a good beer.

Ava (Niece) - Feb. 3, 2018


Dearest sister Joan, It took me some time to reflect on how Gary and I could ever explain the bond of love we had with Warren. We have shared 46 years of happiness just doing things together. We have cherished memories of our beloved Warren. Our trips to our place in Bayfield, our cruises together etc. We thank God that we were able to share our one last cruise together this past December. We were blessed with that special time together where we shared many personal memories that will never be forgotten. We shared special dinners together at his favorite restaurants where he loved his steaks and the special beers! Warren was serious when he needed to be, yet kind and genuine when our opinions differed. We could laugh together and at times we shared sadness together. Every part of his life included his Lord and that is why we have comfort in knowing he is now at peace. Sarah, Dan, Laura, each one of you had a special place in his big heart. He loved his grandchildren and his extended family. Our children have always had a special togetherness and love for each other. He would talk about that and it made him feel good. When we would get together, he was the one with the jokes, especially if it had to do with his hot peppers! Joan, we will always be here for you, just like we have been for 46 years. Our bond of love for each other only grows stronger. You will always see Warren through your children because they are a part of his gentleness, kindness and humor. We will hold your hand when you need us and give you space when you need it. You are our special gift from God. If Warren could give us a message right now we believe he would say "I left my life on earth in the night to be with the Lord. Don't be sad. Think of all the memories of love and happiness the Lord gave me and now I will watch you in a different way".

ary & Nancy Catalano (brother-in-law) - Feb. 3, 2018


Mrs. Backus, Sarah, Dan, & Laura & your families...I was so sorry to hear of Mr.Backus's passing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts & prayers. I have many fond memories of spending time with your dad & entire family.

Mary jo (Bonlander)Anhalt - Feb. 2, 2018


I am going to miss Warrens beaming smile and his giving and caring heart. He always saw the best in everyone. I am going to miss him showing off his garden every summer and all of his beautiful handiwork. There will never be a man so sweet and gentle as my friend Warren. I know that he is in Heaven now, in no pain and telling a terrific story to all. Prayers for his close knit family. xo

Kimberly Wall (Good Friend) - Feb. 2, 2018


Francis and I are thinking of you all during this difficult time. We have very fond memories of Warren. He will be remembered for his big heart and smile.
Peace and love to all.

Terri Morton (niece) - Feb. 2, 2018


Joan, I'm so sorry for your loss. I enjoy taking care of Buddy for you when you and Warren traveled the world and will always remember him fondly for our conversations about your trips and his love of pets.. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Lisa (family friend) - Feb. 2, 2018


Dan & family, Our deepest sympathies to you & your family during this difficult time. My your faith & memories and the love & support of family and friends bring you comfort.

Rick & Mary Jo Weber - Feb. 1, 2018


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