Warren C. Pray

Warren C. Pray of Estero, Florida,  passed peacefully into God’s arms at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers, Florida, on June 7, 2019, after bravely fighting a two and one-half year battle with Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC). He was born April 16, 1947, in Wheaton, Kansas, to Wayne and Dorothy (Hollenbeck) Pray.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Lu (Bryan) Hallauer, and brother-in-law Jerry Wilson. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 50 years, Bea (Bryan) Pray, brother Mark (Julie) Pray, sister Judy Wilson, sister-in-law Bonnie Reetz, brother-in-laws Jerry (Wanda) Bryan and Virgil Hallauer, five nieces and nephews, and five great nieces and nephews.

Warren’s journey in life was full and blessed. After graduating from Junction City High School in 1965, he attended Kansas State University where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity for which he later became alumni advisor. He earned his Master’s Degree from Kansas State University while working as a graphic designer with the Extension Service at KSU. Warren was incredibly devoted to the University and to KSU athletics. His working career also included retail sales, teaching art, Director of Communications at the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Maryland. His ultimate blessing was joining Edward Jones in 1992 and opening an Edward Jones branch office in Shawnee, Kansas. During his 22 years as a financial advisor, Warren valued his clients, co-workers, and the friendships he developed. He was honored to be a regional leader and later a general partner in the firm. His most treasured moments were mentoring fellow financial advisors and helping them meet their potential while also being active in the community. Among Warren’s many community activities, he served as President of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce and was a leader in chartering the Shawnee Rotary Club. He had a love of meeting people, sharing with them, and being a very trusted friend. Upon his retirement from Edward Jones in 2014, he and Bea moved to their weekend home at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. In 2016, they relocated to Estero, Florida, to escape the cold midwest winters. 

Warren enjoyed spending time with his wife, attending services and events at at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs where he was a member of the church, classic cars, the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas State Football and Basketball, traveling, eating out and spending time with friends. 

A sincere appreciation to our loving family and friends during these difficult weeks, especially Deanna and Ed Markley, Angie Scherzer and Laura VanZante (our God daughters), Terry and Von Hallauer (nephews) for being here with us. A very special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the ICU unit at Gulf Coast Medical Center for taking such wonderful care of Warren and to Senior Pastor Doug Pratt and the church family for their comforting support and prayers during our final days with Warren.

 

Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., June 27, 2019, at the Amos Family Funeral Home.

 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Warren’s memory to:

Warren C. Pray Memorial Fund

Please send donations to Amos Family Funeral Home

All donations will go to National Jewish Health (Research for MAC), First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, FL, the ICU at Gulf Coast Medical Center and Kansas Beta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

 


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13 Comments on “Warren C. Pray”

  1. Derrick Jackson Says:

    Bea,

    We are blessed to have met you and Warren at that charity event those many years ago. Without meeting Warren our lives would not have been set in the new direction they are today. A course which blesses us daily.

    Please accept our most heartfelt condolences during this difficult time and know that he will be missed.

    We’ve lost a great one.

    Derrick, Renee, Annabelle, Henry and William Jackson

  2. Kathy Ehrlich Says:

    Bea, Peter and I will never forget you and Warren as the first to welcome us to the neighborhood – as our home was under construction. You reinforced our decision to move to 55 Terrace in Lakeview Estates. We treasured your friendship. So many wonderful and fun stories and memories. Marconi’s Macaroni Grill…….

  3. Jill Dragolovich Says:

    Bea,
    We are so sad to hear about Warren. We had so much fun with you guys on the Edward Jones trips. Denny and Warren loved to talk about their cars. We still talk about Warren getting us an upgraded room in Play del Carma. He was a special guy. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you.

    Denny and Jill Dragolovich

  4. Jack Piepenbring Says:

    Bea,
    Sorry to hear. I have many memories of Warren during our days at the fraternity house at KSU. Warren was a fraternity brother and a great guy. My sympathy to you.

  5. Mike Black Says:

    Bea: So sorry to to hear about Warren. He was special to me being his pledge father and friend. Warren was a kind and considerate man as shown by all his accomplishments and friends he experienced in life. I’ll truly miss him as I know will as well.
    Mike

  6. Jack Ellithorpe Says:

    Bea, I’m so sorry to hear of Warren’s passing. I have many fond memories of both you and Warren.
    The Fall of 1970, you hosted several brothers in the KC Metro and their wives at your apartment in Overland Park or Lenexa to watch the Wildcats opener against Arizona State. The party was better than the outcome of the game!
    We saw each other sparingly over the last several decade, but he was always so genuinely glad to see me. Made you feel good just to see that smile! I was glad you two included me in your retirement adventures via social media.

    Sorrowfully,

    Eli

  7. Patrice Ludwig Says:

    Bea-We were so sad to learn of Warren’s death. Lee and I and our girls have such wonderful memories of our time together on 55th Terrace. You and Warren were like family to all of us, making Halloween costumes for the kids,teaching Caroline and Kathleen how to ride bikes, and sharing countless evenings in our driveway solving life’s problems.

    Warren was such a loving, fun, and caring neighbor and friend, and we will forever cherish his friendship. Sending much love and many prayers.

    Patrice Ludwig

  8. Bob & Dixie Waters Says:

    Bea – We are so sorry to hear of Warren’s passing. Our prayers are with you and all those who loved Warren. We will stand in the gap for the Peace that Passes all understanding as you go through the days ahead. We were made for Eternity and the Hope for tomorrow remains in God’s promises to us here on earth. See you soon. Because of HIM. Love You. Dixie and Bob

  9. Doug & Jane Scheibe Says:

    Bea – We are so sorry to hear of Warren’s passing. You and Warren made a huge positive difference in our lives — both me and Jane and my parents. I consider Warren to be one of the few great mentors I’ve had in my life. And I speak for hundreds of K-State SigEps when I say thank you to Warren (and you) for the abundance of care, concern, patience, wisdom, time, and love. The world is missing a great man, but it became a better place because of his influence and achievements. — with Brotherly Love, Doug Scheibe

  10. Genny& Mark Rosenau Says:

    Bea,
    We are so sorry Warren is gone. He was so fun and interesting. He will certainly be missed. We wish he would share just one more story.

  11. Mark & Genny Rosenau Says:

    Bea
    We are so sorry you have lost Warren. We loved his interesting stories. His advise was the best. He will be missed. He loved you and his family and always had a fun story about someone in his life.

  12. Charley and Valerie Vogt Says:

    Bea and Family:

    My Shawnee Chamber of Commerce friends Tim Deves and Clayton Hunter reached out to me out here in Northern California and shared the news about Warren passing. We cannot make the memorial service tomorrow but know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as your reconnect with all those Kansas City area folks who love and respect you both so much. Warren will always be my favorite Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, Charter member (and chief arm twister) of the Shawnee Rotary Club, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, and consulting friend. His endearing memory of a lifetime of ‘service above self’ will live with us always.

  13. Frank & Ruth Creeden Says:

    Bea,

    We are so sorry for the loss of Warren. We have so many great memories of him from the neighborhood and the lake. He was a wonderful person, kind, generous and so full of life and energy. I know you will miss him. Our hearts are with you.

    Love, Frank and Ruth

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