Daniel Warnberg passed from this world on January 3, 2024 at the age of 79 surrounded by his loving family. Caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Dan’s love didn’t come to an end with his death. His family and friends will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.
Dan lived large and was most thankful for his family and circle of friends. He had an uncanny ability to make strangers feel like instant friends, could tell a story like no other, and was always the first to laugh at himself. Dan’s sense of humor, kindness, and authenticity were appreciated by all who met him.
An accomplished athlete, he was proud to score 46 points in a single basketball game at Braham High School in 1962; a school record held for 48 years. In 1965, Dan was recruited and chased his dream signing with the Baltimore Orioles Baseball Team. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 and was stationed in Korea with I CORPS where he played baseball and basketball entertaining the troops. He continued to be a dedicated athlete, managing to play softball until he was 60.
Dan completed his Bachelor’s degree in teaching at the Saint Cloud State University and taught and coached at Melrose, MN for 10 years, and at St. Francis, MN for 12 years until retiring in 2002 saying he had the best job in the world.
Dan and Gena, wife of 55 years, traveled extensively after retirement enjoying road trips across the United States and traveling abroad to Europe with family and friends. Dan encouraged others to retire early and spend money to travel.
He will forever be remembered as the life of the party.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Nilmer and Louise Warnberg. Dan is survived by his wife, Gena; daughters Traci Warnberg-Lemm of Cambridge and Micki (Nathan Moore) Warnberg of Denver, CO; grandson Kaeden Warnberg-Lemm of Salt Lake City; brother Neil Warnberg of Cambridge, and close cousins Mary (Rick) Hultman, Kevin (Barb) Danielson, Steve (Karen) Dopson, Craig (Candi) Danielson, and David (Debbie) Dopson.
A gathering to celebrate Dan will be held later in the spring 2024.