Robert Warden

Obituary of Robert Warden

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Robert K. Warden, 88, of Princeton Junction died on Thursday, August 7, 2014, in the presence of his loving wife at the University Medical Center of Princeton from complications of Parkinson's disease. Robert was born at home on May 22, 1926, in Bound Brook, New Jersey, to the late George Henry Warden and Lydia Spencer Warden. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II from 1944-1946 on the USS Metcalf in the lead-up to the invasion of Japan and on the USS Kretchmer in Shanghai, Singapore, India, Arabia, Egypt, Italy, France, and Madeira. He graduated from Bound Brook High School, and Trenton State Teachers College with a B.S. in Vocational Education. He was a member to Theta Nu Sigma Fraternity. He gained a Master's Degree in Supervision of Elementary and Secondary Education at Rutgers University. He taught high school vocational education in Newton and East Orange for six years, and worked for McKnight Publishing of Bloomington, Illinois, for five years and then for McGraw-Hill Publishing in Hightstown and New York City until his retirement. In 1959 Robert moved his family to Cherry Valley in Monroe County, PA where he lived for nearly 30 years until 1987. Robert was active in the community; worked on the committee that brought planning and zoning to Hamilton Township, then served on the Township Zoning Board. He also served as a local committeeman. In 1987 Robert moved to the Princeton area. Robert and his wife, Dr. Wei-ling Wu, celebrated their twenty-first wedding anniversary in July of this year. A gifted singer, he enjoyed music, woodworking, gardening, history, riding his bike, and taking walks. He was a member of the Cherry Valley Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ of Stroudsburg, and Nassau Presbyterian Church of Princeton. Robert is survived by two sons, Li-kang, of Princeton Junction, and George, of Stroudsburg, and one daughter, Lisa of Seattle. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Lovejoy, of Jacksonville, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents and by four older siblings: Ada Warden, Mable Stadle, Lydia Warden, and Jane Roberts. Funeral Service will be private. Burial will be in the William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery.
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