Warren Jay Nord, 86 years of life and very longtime resident of Clayton, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
Warren is the dear husband of Lorraine Marie Nord (married 44 years) and the loving father and father-in-law of Tracy Nord Hoffman and Cory and Ammy Nord. He enjoyed five grandchildren,: Jason Hoffman, Alex Hoffman, Maygen Nord, Colesen Nord, and Catherine Hoffman. His two nieces are Vicky (Alan) Pyles and Nancy (Brian) Berger. There are numerous cousins and other relatives.
Born in 1927 at Aberdeen, Brown County, S.D, Warren's family moved from Fairburn, S.D., to Clayton in 1938 where Warren attended the Clayton Grade School and Deer Park High School.
During his senior year in 1945, Warren joined the U.S. Marines serving during World WarII in the South Pacific and was on the general's staff in communications while stationed in Tientsim, China, Guam and El Toro Marine Air Corps Base in Southern California, until 1949.
Upon returning after WWII, Warren attended Spokane Community College studying automotive vehicle mechanics. He and Bob Smith co-owned "The Globe Garage" in Spokane until they lost the lease in June of 1977.
In 1978, Warren gained employment with the state of Washington Department of Transportation maintaining U.S. Highway 395 from Loon Lake to Deer Park, retiring in October of 1992.
Warren and Lorraine maintained their ranch at Clayton.
He was a volunteer fireman for the Clayton Fire Department for many years, was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hillyard, the Clayton-Deer Park Historical Society, and a former member of the Clayton Grange.
In 2003, Warren participated in the Deer Park High School graduation exercise receiving his "Honorary High School Diploma." In November 2012, Warren and Cory were on the Northwest Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to see the war memorials. It was great for Cory to be able to travel with his father and experience that great part of American history.
Warren's family suggests memorial contributions be made to I.N.W. Honor Flight, 608 West 2nd Ave., Ste 309, Spokane, WA 99201-4430, or Clayton-Deer Park Historical Society, c/o Bill Sebright, P.O. Box 293, Clayton, WA 99110-0293.
Funeral Services honoring Mr. Nord were. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Spokane at the Sunset Chapel on the grounds of Fairmount Memorial Park with military honors by the U.S. Marine Honor Guard. Following the interment at Fairmount a potluck reception was held at the Clayton Grange starting at 4 p.m.
Lauer Funeral Home in Deer Park was in charge of arrangements