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Howard Rosser Warren

Howard R. Warren, 89, of Portsmouth, VA, passed away on February 4, 2019, at home with his loving wife, Norma, by his side.

Howard was born in Portsmouth in 1929. He is survived by his wife, Norma Cline Warren, his sons, Michael R Warren of Asheville, NC, and Russell H. Warren of Portugal, his sons-in-law Leonard Setterlund and Bruce Joffe, and his sister Helen Tuttle and her husband William Tuttle of Fairfax, VA; stepson Timothy James and wife Nancy grandchildren Brandon James and wife Kirstin, Brett James and Blake James, Great granddaughter Annalee James. Howard was predeceased by his wife Doris Purser Warren, and by his parents Clarence and Helen Warren.

Howard’s career focused on the support and evolution of US Navy defense systems. A self-trained and professionally certified engineer, he was not only a supervisor, manager, and leader, but also a mentor, teacher, and model who provided unique insights into the array of problems and issues ranging from engineering to leadership to politics. He was a charter member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Portsmouth.

For years, Howard was an active member of the Orchid Society and the Camellia Society, reflecting on two of his favorite hobbies. Howard also enjoyed music, especially opera, as well as graphic arts. He was also an avid supporter of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, having served on the board, and the Portsmouth Historical Association, as well as other local organizations.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6-8 PM at Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk, VA. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 9, 2019, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 4811 High Street West, Portsmouth, VA, followed by a brief service at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, Shoulders Hill Road, Suffolk, VA.

Honoring Howard’s love of flowers, floral arrangements may be sent to Baker-Foster Funeral Home, Suffolk. Donations may be made in Howard’s name to the Parkinson’s Foundation (Parkinson.org), or to your local Hospice organization. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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Russ, My sincerely sympathy to you and your family. Your father must've been very impressive, as was mine, so I know it's not easy to let them go except to realize he's at peace finally. Sending comfort...

Gerri Wenger Friedberg May 13 2021 12:00 AM

To the Family of Howard Warren Please accept my sincere condolence on the loss of Howard. He was one of the most extraordinary men I have ever known. He was a friend, a mentor, and advisor to me during my time as a civilian engineering manager with the Navy. His wisdom, leadership, and management style were extraordinary as was the breadth of his interests and expertise. I used to refer to him as a true Renaissance man but he was too modest to accept the compliment. I miss being able to take him to lunch on his birthday each year until he was too sick to join me. I will surely miss him. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. John Woodward

John Woodward May 13 2021 12:00 AM

To the family of a long time friend Howard Warren, Please accept my condolences on your loss. Howard was a long time friend that I had the honor and pleasure of knowing. We worked together as members of the American Society of Naval Engineers. Howard was the true hero and epitome of a Naval Engineer. As time passes we all move on but never to be forgotten. Howard's impact on the Naval Engineering community was and will continue to be significant for many years to come and especially on those the knew and associated with him. I thank the Good Lord for sharing him with all of us engineers.

Joseph Yurso May 13 2021 12:00 AM