Warren E. Piotter, 84, of Berryville, Virginia, was mercifully received into the hands of His Creator and Savior on Friday, February 10, 2023 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, having been visiting their Iowa family for Christmas.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bettendorf, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services on Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Pleasant Valley, Iowa.
Warren was born July 25, 1938 in Melrose Park, Illinois, the son of Elmer & Ethel (Zemke) Piotter. He was united in marriage to Virginia C. Long on September 23, 1961 in Melrose Park. A romantic at heart, Warren was dedicated to the love of his life, who he started dating in high school and spent 61+ years in marriage building and illustrating a model partnership centered on an enduring devotion and admiration.
He had been employed in sales with GTE Automatic Electric. After transferring to Washington, D.C. in 1974, the family of four boys resided in Springfield, Virginia. Working with government contracts, Warren later accepted a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a telecommunications specialist. He retired in 2002 after 23 years of service, demonstrating to his sons a strong work ethic and dedication to providing for family and serving others.
Upon retirement, Warren and Virginia or “Ginny” purchased a house on Long Lake, Wisconsin (affectionately known as “Edelweiss on the Lake” after his passion for music, especially playing the piano, and flowers) where he had frequented as a child, continued summer traditions with his wife and boys, and created precious memories with family and friends for many years.
More important was Warren’s strong faith, integrity and Christian values of unconditional love and kindness. Along with Virginia, Warren made sure to build his house on the Rock of Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:24-27), and committed himself and his household to serving the Lord (Joshua 24:15).
Warren’s love, joy, and dedication to serving and growing Christ’s church is a blessing to his children, grandchildren, and countless others who witnessed his faith. He was an active member in several churches, most recently Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn, Virginia. Throughout his life he served in many areas of ministry, including as an Elder, Stephens Minister, and member of church councils, circuit mission board, and numerous choirs. Additionally, he and Virginia served on a regional board for Lutherans for Life together.
Also meaningful to those who knew Warren was the importance he placed on extended family and friends, celebrating life and God’s many Blessings. He was sincere, humble, and generous in his relationships, and to much appreciation by his sons.
Those left to honor his memory include his beloved wife, Virginia; his sons and daughters-in-law, Steven & Judy Piotter of Healdsburg, California, Keith & Lisa Piotter of Bettendorf, Jeffrey & Kristi Piotter of Winchester, Virginia, Kevin & DD Piotter of Aldie, Virginia, and daughter-in-law Laura Piotter of Novato, California; his grandchildren, Olivia, Amelia, Andrew (Trisha), Katelynn (James), Bethany (Adam), Benjamin (Danielle), Brennan (Kaitlin), Karley, Logan, Bergen, Elijah, Ryker and Micah; his great-grandchildren, Caleb, Harper, Cameron, Calvin, Clayton, Ella, Leo, Gideon and Carter; his sister and brother-in-law, Audrey & Wayne Schmidt of Huntley, Illinois; and nephews and nieces.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Warren’s obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com. In memoriam, please link to Our Savior’s Way (Ashburn, Virginia), www.oswlc.org, for an opportunity to donate to its new organ fund through a check earmarked to the fund or through PushPay.