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Warren Robert Brunner

April 16, 1964 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 59) 59 Years Old
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Warren Brunner Obituary

Warren Robert 4/16/1964-1/9/2024

Warren Robert Brunner, age 59, of Wilmington, Ohio (and Cheboygan, Michigan) passed away suddenly January 9, 2024 in Wilmington. Warren was born to William and Mary (Boyles) Brunner on April 16, 1964 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. They soon moved to Ravenna, Ohio where Warren grew up enjoying working on cars with his father, and acrobatic stunts in their living room.

After joining the U.S. Navy, and being stationed at the Naval Support Center, Warren met Laurie McGregor. On December 10, 1988 they were married in Sterling, Michigan. He is survived by his wife Laurie McGregor, brother William (Cheryl Massic) Brunner; Nephew Brandon (Megan) Brunner; nieces Rebecca (Will) Henderson, and Andrea Brunner; Great Nieces Aubrey Henderson, Blayke Henderson, and Great Nephew Cole Brunner.

Warren's career as a Photographer's Mate in the U.S. Navy spans 20 years and begins with 5 years in Washington D.C. at the Naval Intelligence Support Center-NISC Aside from Photographic Class "A" School, He attended EH-38 Black and White Film Processor School, and Quality Control school to manage photographic chemistry. He made Junior Sailor of the Year, as an E-4 and transferred as an E-5. His next tour was a 4-year hitch as ships company aboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59), Home port NAF Mayport, FL. During his first deployment the USS Forrestal spent 108 days on station in the Indian Ocean. As an E-6, he ran CVIC photo processing miles of reconnaissance film. His third tour was back to Washington D.C. to Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). His 4th duty station was as the Tactical Air Recon Pods (TARPS) work center supervisor in VF-32, Oceana, VA. After taking charge of the TARPS shop, he

 earned Sailor of The Year. He was an integral part of VF-32 winning the TARPS Recce Award 3 years in a row. He was also part of LANTERN, which was the implementation of digital imagery for TARPS. His last tour was recruiting in Northeast Ohio where he was frocked to Chief Petty Officer-PHC. He made it clear to a senior career recruiter that he was not there to set the world on fire. This man replied, "You know, I can send you right back to sea duty." At which Warren replied, "Fine! I'll go pack my sea bag right now! I ain't afraid of going."

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Warren went to work for Liebert (later named Vertiv) as a Battery Specialist. He often worked with his brother Will working on battery backup systems for Uninterruptable Power Supplies for data centers. After a few years Warren became a Customer Engineer (CE) himself.

Warren, along with Laurie, enjoyed vacationing in New York City, North Carolina's Outer Banks (OBX), Australia, New Zealand, Alaska Northern,  Lower Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula. He had hoped to retire with Laurie to their home in Cheboygan, MI. He would say, "Love your family and friends."  Services will be announced at a later date.  Brown Funeral Home, Wilmington, Ohio is assisting the family.  To leave an on-line condolence, please visit, or see our Facebook page, Brown Funeral Home. 

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