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Chester “Chet” Arthur Warwick died at Sierra Hills Assisted Living in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico on November 5, 2018. Chet was born on June 21, 1926 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Chester Arthur and Mary (Manchester) Warwick. He graduated from Arsenal Technical School in Indianapolis, IN in 1944. Chet served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. While serving, he was stationed in Carlsbad, New Mexico where his love for the state began. After the war, Chet returned to the Midwest attending Dayton University and working briefly as a harness horse trainer.

Chet had a long career with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, working first as a surveyor and then as a power plant operator. It was while surveying for Lake Granby dam in Colorado that he met and married Amaryllis “Mern” Hopkins. They shared a love of adventure that included hunting, boating, sailboat racing, hiking, camping, and climbing. Chet’s vocation meant the family was never far from a reservoir. When Chet had the opportunity to apply for a position at Elephant Butte, he jumped at the chance to return to New Mexico.

Chet retired shortly after moving to Truth or Consequences. He was active in the art community taking regular classes and assisting with art shows. Chet was a prolific painter, many of his paintings winning awards at the fair and local art shows. He also volunteered with the Geronimo Springs Museum. He led the initiative to move and restore the pioneer cabin that now adjoins the Museum.

Always active, Chet led local hikes, and longer expeditions in the Gila and Grand Canyon. Chet and Mern volunteered with the National Forest Service spending many months restoring the Emory Pass Trail. Chet competed in the Senior Olympics for nearly two decades earning many medals in everything from track and field to skiing to bicycle racing.

After Mern’s passing in 2006, Chet and Lois Reaver Black became very special friends. Chet and Lois traveled and camped together, and he said at her memorial in 2014 "We had about as much fun as 80-somethings can have." They explored many local restaurants at lunchtime. Lois took care of him after a serious bike crash, and Chet took care of her when her health failed. They were very happy and well suited.

In 2015, Chet began dating Vivion Severns. Chet and Vivion enjoyed dancing and listening to music. They were often seen holding hands while out to lunch and dinner.

Chet is survived by his son, Craig Warwick, and wife, Judy, of Truth or Consequences; daughter, Mickie Warwick, of Cloudcroft; daughter, Liz (Warwick) Stratton, and husband, Dick, of Cincinnati, OH; brother, Michael Warwick, and wife, Glenna, of Indianapolis, IN; and sister, Daisy (Warwick) Apple, of IN. He leaves 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Granddaughter, Nicole (Warwick) Brown, and husband, Jeremy, live in Mulvane, Kansas with their children, Benjamin and Jonathan. Grandson, Craig Falls, and wife, Allison, reside in Brooklyn, NY. Granddaughter, Katie (Falls) Van Es, and husband, Bryan, and their children, Annie, Alec, Allie, and AJ, live in Russellville, AR; Grandsons, James and Christopher Stratton, live in Cincinnati OH.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at the Geronimo Springs Museum banquet hall.  Refreshments will be served afterward. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Geronimo Springs Museum, 211 Main, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, 575-894-6600.

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  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
    Much sympathy to the family of Chet. I've known him a long time - but not well - but such a nice guy. He looked into family info to see if he could find family connection - with my huband Harley Willis Warwick - also born in Columbus, Ohio 7-1927 - but couldn't find a connection. So sorry for your loss!!!!!!!
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
    sorry - had forgotten to give name first - I'm the one who said we tried to find a family connection.
    ~ Bonnye Warwick   T or C, NM
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    Our warmest sympathies goes to you and yours in these difficult moments. May you find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018
    So sorry to read of Chet's passing. He brought my husband and I into the Senior Olympics, racing bicycles. Reading this obit, I see he had such an active and good life. Bravo, Chet. We'll never forget you and your kindnesses. Our hearts go out to the family.
    ~ R.W. & Nolan Winkler   Hillsboro, NM