The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


June 16, 2014

David W. Warner

Trucking co. president was active in his community

- — EXETER. N.H. -- David W. Warner, formerly of the Shenango Valley, passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014, in Riverwoods in Exeter. He was 92.

Mr. Warner was born Feb. 3, 1922, in Franklin, a son of Dudley P. and Margaret Shaffer Warner.

Mr. Warner was a 1940 graduate of Sharpsville High School and a 1946 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in forestry.

A veteran of World War II, he served as a sergeant in the 291st Field Artillery Observation Battalion. The unit earned battle stars in the European theater for the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns.

On June 12, 1948, he married Helen Zoll, whom he met at Penn State.

His first job was with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a forester for the Yakima Indian Agency in Toppenish, Wash. After four years in that profession, he and his wife moved back to Pennsylvania, where he entered his father’s trucking business, Warner & Smith Motor Freight Inc.

After his father’s death in 1963, he became president of the company. In the ensuing 20 years, the trucking company grew to more than 200 employees with offices in Cleveland, Akron, Erie, Masury, Franklin and Pittsburgh. The company was dissolved in 1983.

Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Hershey, Pa., where Mr. Warner became active in community affairs. He was a 24-year member of Friends of the Hershey Public Library, serving as president and treasurer.

For many years, he co-chaired the annual book sale. He was secretary/treasurer of the Hershey Library Endowment Trust for 14 years. In 2006, he was awarded the Meritorious Service to a Public Library Award from Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries.

He is also credited with forming another community service group in 1990, the Friends of Derry Township Parks & Recreation. That group created the Shank Park Nature Trail, now named for him, and supervised the Derry Township memorial tree program. He was a member of the Sand Hill Lions Club.

Late in 2008, he moved to Riverwoods at Exeter, N.H., to be closer to his daughters. He was an active participant in community programs at Riverwoods.

Mr. Warner is survived by two daughters, Dr. Rebecca M. Warner, a professor at the University of New Hampshire in Durham; and Dr. Amy J. Warner, an information architect with a prestigious medical information company, Up to Date, in Concord, Mass. Also surviving are Earla W. Adams, a sister, Leesburg, Fla., and eight nieces and nephews.

His wife, Helen Zoll Warner, preceded him in death Feb. 26, 2008. David’s twin brother Edmund, died Feb. 11, 2004, and a sister, Margaret Deacle, in December 2005. Another brother, Dudley P. Warner Jr., also preceded him in death.

The family suggests memorial donations instead of flowers, to the Salvation Army.


David W., 92, formerly of the Shenango Valley.

Interment: Private in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Palmyra, Pa. Condolences may be shared at

Arrangements by ROTHERMEL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES Inc., 25 W. Pine St., Palmyra.

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