NORWAY — Pastor Warren Neal Geldmeier, 70, of Norway, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, at his home with family by his side.
He was born in Knoxville, Tenn, on Feb. 22, 1952, the son of the late Bernhardt and Barbara (Paulsen) Geldmeier.
Warren joined the army in 1970. He trained in Army Intelligence and was sent to Germany. While there he attended a Baptist Convention and gave his life in faith to Jesus Christ.
Returning to the States, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University, where he met his future wife, Jody. He continued his education at Multnomah School of the Bible and then Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for a masters of divinity degree. Later he would also earn a master of theology degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Warren married Jody Terpening on Sept. 24, 1977, in Salem, Ore. In 1984 Warren began a ministry that would span the next 38 years. He faithfully taught the word of God and served three church families, first in Portland, Maine, then Steamboat Springs, Colo., and his final calling in 2015 to First Baptist Church in Norway
Warren never stopped learning and studying the Word of God. He enjoyed reading, studying, and teaching. He loved adventures with his family, giving gifts, photography, and trying new things. He treasured his family and church family, and he wanted them to go forward with joy and keep the faith.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jody; daughter, Meredith Geldmeier of Dallas; sons, Dorian (Laura) Geldmeier of Dallas and Collin (Emily) Geldmeier of Lincoln, Neb.; grandchildren, Jackson, Violet, Liesl, Helene and Phoebe Geldmeier; brothers, BL Geldmeier of Las Cruces, NM, David (Louise) Geldmeier of Knoxville,, Larry (Lily) Geldmeier of Huntsville, Ala., and Richard (Susan) Geldmeier of Boone, NC; nieces and nephews.
Family will gather on Tuesday for interment at the Norway Township Cemetery.
A worship service to remember Warren and celebrate God’s goodness will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 pm at First Baptist Church in Norway. Doors will be open at 1 pm for reflection and gathering, and the service will close with a time of fellowship.
Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were made with Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.