Warren C. Wilson, 71

March 21, 2020

Warren C. Wilson, 71, of Lancaster, beloved husband and father, died Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in New York, he was the son of the late Margaret (Gorry) and Walter Wilson.

Warren was the husband of Linda (Herskowitz) Wilson, with whom he celebrated 38th wedding anniversary on August 22nd.

Warren retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 41 years. Warren was an avid history buff. He particularly enjoyed WW II and Civil War history. Warren and his family enjoyed traveling and taking cruises. He enjoyed going to the dog park and acting as an unpaid news research assistant for his daughter and others.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 children, Jane Wilson Baer (Alexander) of Honolulu, Hawaii; and Andrew Louis Wilson of Colorado Springs, CO; and his brother Walter Wilson of Nashville, TN.

Interment held privately at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery. The family requests donations to the United Services Organization (USO) in lieu of flowers.

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Condolences to the Family

April 01, 2020

To Mrs Wilson And Family,
Over the years, I had a chance to get to know Mr Wilson and his pets. I came to look forward to his visits with Arty and Cara to the animal hospital. They say you can tell the nature of a person by how they treat animals. Mr Wilson enjoyed spending every day caring diligently for his sweet pups. I was lucky to have known him and deeply grieve his passing. My condolences to you and your family for this tragic loss.  Dana Hermann VMD

April 01, 2020

I am sad to know of Warren’s passing.  Although he was a fierce and successful advocate for his employer, he loved the railroad industry and was willing to look beyond parochial interests to pursue pragmatic solutions.  Warren set high standards for professionalism and effectiveness and will be missed.
Chris Randall, BNSF

March 30, 2020

Linda and family–
Our deepest sympathy on the death of your husband/father. Warren will be missed by all of us. He was an incredibly nice man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Steve,Pat, and Melissa Crognale and staff

March 30, 2020

Warren, along with the great short line team at the Union Pacific, put our company in the short line railroad business in 1987. Warren was one of those people who impressed you with his intelligence but yet made you feel that you were being treated fairly and with respect. My father and I always enjoyed any time we spent with Warren because we knew we were going to learn something about the railroad industry or other topics that were near and dear to Warren’s heart, like his family. We were also guaranteed to get a laugh or two out of our time together because of Warren’s keen wit and sense of humor.
I can say without doubt that Warren Wilson was one of the most important people in the history of our company and we were very lucky to have worked with him and to be able to call him our friend. He will always be remembered and loved by the Watco family. May the Good Lord welcome Warren into heaven and continue to bless Warren’s family for many years to come.  
Rick Webb

March 30, 2020

I knew Warren at both the MoPac and the Union Pacific and enjoyed working with him as he was truly a gentleman and always went out of his way to help me when ever possible.  I am grreatly sadden getting this news of his passing and pray that his family can draw comfort from knowing that he was a kind person who spread cheer where ever he was.  God Bless.
Bob Naro

March 29, 2020

Warren was a huge help to me as a young Superintendent on my dealings with the shortlines and I will be forevery greatful as his guidance continued to help me for many years. Warren created a process on devloping relationships with the shortlines that is still strong to this day. Rest In Peace Warren and my condolences for the family. Per the wishes of the family, I will be contributing to the USO and as a retired naval officer and and beneficiary of the USO, thank you. 
Pat Meriwether

March 29, 2020

Like many Warren and I worked together on both the Missouti Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads. When Warren retired from the Union Pacific he left a legacy for all to follow in both our professional and personal life. It was always a pleasure to work with Warren. He had a gift for making you feel important and appreciated. Whatever Warren told you you knew you could take it to the bank. Warren will always be one of the best of the best! May he rest in peace! Jim Nave

March 29, 2020

Warren and I rode the same bus to work in the morning in Omaha and we always had pleasant conversations about our work or issues of the day. He was a wealth of railroad information and his door was always open for consultation or chitchat. I do recall a Christmas party and a rather lively conversation he had with a fellow New Yorker about their favorite baseball teams. I have not had a lot of contact with him since 2007 but I was saddened to see his obituary in the Omaha World Herald. Our sympathies go out to a Linda and his children.
Jim Mulhall

March 29, 2020

Linda and family:  I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Warren.  I worked for Warren at Union Pacific and he was one terrific boss and a wonderful man.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Charlene Walsh
Port St. Lucie, Florida

March 29, 2020

As a co worker at Union Pacific, I knew Warren to be a confident and hard working advocate both for the UPRR and other carriers and individuals that depended upon their relatiionship with UP.  He had a wealth of contacts and knowledge of the industry and a pleasant nature that kept people focused on the task at hand.   Blessings to the family.
Jim Hartwig

March 28, 2020

Warren and I collaborated on several issues involving the Class I and Short Line and Regional Railroad industry.  I will forever remember and appreciate his friendship, knowledge, wisdom and guidance on matters of importance to the entire industry.  My sincerest condolences to Warren’s family. 
Len Kellermann, CSX

March 27, 2020

I was the first female Warren ever hired! I always have and always will continue to be grateful for the opportunity but more importantly all knowledge and lessons learned. Warren and his boss John inspired my love of trains and the rail industry as a whole. Rest in peace
Suzan Caylen

March 26, 2020

Warren and I worked together on both the Missouti Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads. We were good friends from the beginning as we had both started in the rail industry on the Pennsyvania/Penn Central and called the Philadelphia area home. While he was in Marketing and I was in Operating, we collaberated on multiple occations throughout the course of our careers. A superb railroader and natural leader in so many ways, he will be missed greatly.
Woody sutton

March 26, 2020

I was very sorry to learn about Warren’s passing. He was one of the first Class I persons to work with short lines and regionals. I always enjoyed seeing him at ASLRRA conventions. The dome car trip he organized for the ASLRRA Convention in St. Louis was outstanding!!  We did keep in touch after he moved to Pennsylvania following his retriement. Our prayers and sympathies to his family.
Kelvin MacKavanagh

March 26, 2020

I first got to know Warren in the late 1970’s when we both worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad.  Over the following decades we worked together at different times but always maintained a good friendship.  He was a dedicated railroader with a wide variety of interests including history and ships besides the railroad.  He took great pride in his children and though the last conversation I had with him was at dinner some years ago, I recall how excited he was to tell my what his kids were up to then.
The world has lost a true gentleman.  May the the angels carry you up into God’s loving embrace for all eternity
Deacon Dan McShane

March 25, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Warren.  He was a valued colleague and friend and a boon to our railroad industry.  He will truly be missed.  Per your request, I have made a contribution to the USO in his memory.
Michael J Ogborn

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