Warren McGee Obituary

Warren Leroy McGee
Warren Leroy McGee

February 6, 1944 - March 29, 2017
Born in Saint Louis, Missouri
Resided in Anchorage, AK


Warren Leroy McGee, 73 passed away March 29, 2017 at Alaska Regional Hospital. Services will be held 11:30 am Friday April 7, 2017 at Independent Baptist Church of Anchorage, 1801 E 68th Ave., Anchorage Pastor Terry McGovern will officiate. A visitation will be held from 10 am until time of service at the church. Interment will follow at Ft Richardson National Cemetery.

Warren was born February 6, 1944 in St Louis, Missouri. He graduated High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He honorably served in the US Army (3 years), and US Navy (10 years). He saw combat on a WWII destroyer, the USS Brush (DD-745), off the coast of North Viet Nam during the Viet Nam War; and later was on the crew that commissioned the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
Warren earned a diploma in Military Journalism at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana; an Associate in Science Degree in General Studies (Magna Cum Laude), Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, Virginia; and finally, in 1992 a Bachelor of Bible Degree from Independent Baptist Bible College of Alaska, where he later taught Genesis and Bible Geography classes.
Before coming to Alaska, Warren worked in the Lower 48 in warehouses, factories, and auto plants; plus, was a Corvette inspector, prep cook, dishwasher, and construction laborer.
In Alaska, he first worked as a fish processor. During the summers of 1999 and 2000 he worked as a galley person for Phillips Cruises and Tours out of Whittier. Finally, he retired after working several years as a law clerk or legal assistant at the Law Office of James Farr at Anchorage.
"Warren was a complex and very talented person. He never drove a car, but traveled widely in Europe, Asia, and in many trips to Israel. He spoke German and Spanish, and was studying Hebrew.
Warren originally took a bus from Virginia to Alaska, but ran out of money in Canada. His backpack was stolen as he hitchhiked into Alaska. He spent his first night in Anchorage sleeping in a park. He found his first job in Alaska the next day, and shortly afterwards took a job for the summer processing fish at Bethel.
Warren was honest, humble, and hardworking, yet he took time off "to smell the roses." He was a voracious reader, and book collector. He appreciated good food, a good story, and clean, Christian fellowship. Warren was proud of his Irish heritage and easily could have been a modern day professor of History, English Literature, or the Bible; had his life worked out differently.
Warren trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour in 1972, while in the Navy. Warren lived simply, and yet repeatedly gave generously to others in need, out of the little money that he had. His life proved that "you can't out give God" in Christian service. He was faithful in church attendance, Bible reading, and prayer.
Warren also greatly appreciated that the Lord had saved him; and he took the Biblical Great Commission personally, and very seriously.
Warren refused to let a heart attack ten years ago stop him, and he could often be seen openly and publically witnessing for Christ, and passing out Gospel tracts: on the streets of Anchorage, at fast food eateries and places he shopped, at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod, at bus stops and Transit Center, at the downtown Soup Kitchen, and (during the last ten years) on Saturdays during summer outside the former Saturday Market (now the Downtown Market).
Warren persevered in the ministry that God had called him to, despite occasional persecution. In short, Warren was a faithful soldier of the Cross, who was not ashamed of his Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. As a Christian, Warren accomplished much, despite physical infirmities and little income, which likely would have deterred others.
Warren touched the lives of many in Anchorage and elsewhere during his life. For example, so many people called the hospital to ask about him during his last illness, that the switchboard was overwhelmed, and his friends had to be told to stop calling the hospital.
In the days leading up to his death, Warren was surrounded by fellow Christians, who showed their love to him and ministered to him, as he went to be with the Lord."
Warren is survived by his cousins, Gerald Glyn McGee, Bethany, LA and Linell Niten, Grand Canyon, LA; good friends, Jeff and Esther Tripp, Florida and many brothers and sisters in Christ at Independent Baptist Church of Anchorage and throughout the world.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Ethelda V (Hamilton) McGee and brother, Ted.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Missions Fund-Warren, Independent Baptist Church of Anchorage, 1801 W 68th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99507




Ft Richardson National Cemetery
58-512 David Highway
JBER, AK 99505
Friday, April 7, 2017
1:30 PM