Rev. Dr. Richard Warneck Obituary

Rev. Dr. Richard H. Warneck

1935 - 2021

Rev. Dr. Warneck entered into eternal rest June 8, 2021.  Son of the late Rev. Walter and Selma Warneck, brother of Doris (Rev. Ronald) Dommer and Dr. Walter (Janet) Warneck; dear uncle and cousin. Born in Kansas City, MO, Dr. Warneck attended Concordia Jr and Senior College in Fort Wayne, before graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity (1960) and Master of Divinity (1967) from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis where he would later receive his S.T.M and Ph.D. (1968, 2000). He married his beloved wife of 58 years, Marlene Warneck (née Kussman) in 1962 and were blessed with two sons, Richard and Stephen.  

Dr. Warneck served in many roles throughout his ministry. After being ordained in 1961, he served as pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ellisville, Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, and Grace Lutheran Chapel in Bellefontaine Neighbors.

Dr. Warneck also taught as a professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis for 19 years, retiring and becoming professor emeritus in 2008.  He is a prolific writer and served and contributed to numerous boards including the LCMS-ALC Fellowship Commission, the LCMS Board of Doctrinal Review, the Lutheran Association of Higher Education in St. Louis’ board of trustees, and as the Synod’s representative to the Evangelical Lutheran Synod.


Friday, June 11  4-8p.m.
Kutis Affton Chapel
10151 Gravois Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123

Visitation & Funeral:
Saturday, June 12  10a.m.
Church of the Reformation
7910 MacKenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123

Clergy will not be processing.


Concordia Cemetery, 4209 Bates, St. Louis, MO 63116
Memorials may be made to Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105.

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