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Warren J. Woomer

BORN: July 6, 1932
DIED: January 21, 2018
LOCATION: Charleston, West Virginia

Warren J. Woomer

Warren J. Woomer, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away suddenly on January 21, 2018, at the age of 85. Warren was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in Cedar Grove, NJ. After graduating from Clarkson College of Technology in 1954 with a chemical engineering degree, he moved to Charleston, WV to work for Union Carbide at the Institute plant. He met Betty Barnett through a social group at Christ Church United Methodist Church and they were married on February 18, 1956.

Warren received his Masters of Science degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and spent 61 years working for Union Carbide, Dow Chemical, Rhone Poulenc and his own consulting company. He worked in West Virginia, Georgia and India. Warren was involved in various community organizations, including Community Music, which he helped keep running for several years. He loved to read and was always learning. For him, life was an on-going educational endeavor. After his retirement from Rhone Poulenc he spent two years researching and gathering information to write a book about the history of the Institute Plant, which was published in 2000.

He was a caring, generous, dedicated person who loved to spend time having fun with family and friends. He and Betty traveled the world, visiting all seven continents (including Antarctica), over 90 countries and have been completely around the world four times. His last trip was to Sonoma County California to attend and dance at his granddaughter’s wedding. He once said, that upon retirement, sitting down and doing nothing would not be on his agenda. He lived life until the end.

Warren is survived by his wife, Betty, daughter Susan Hilger and son-in-law Joe Hilger, son Steve Woomer and partner Cindy Burnette and granddaughter Bethany Woomer, MD and husband Bryan Mierke and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 5:30 pm Friday, January 26, 2018, followed by a memorial service and reception, at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The United Way of Kanawha Valley, 1 United Way Square, Charleston, WV 25301.

Memories of Warren may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

7 replies
  1. Selwyn Knap says:

    Betty…I am so sorry to hear of Warren’s passing. Please accept my deepest sypathy for your loss. Selwyn (Miller) Knap

  2. Rachel Casdorph says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Warren. I worked with him for several years. What a wonderful man.

  3. Bipin Avashia.MD says:

    Woomer family our condolences.Warren,s smile kindness to all his encyclopedic knowledge and memory will be remembered and missed.His devotion
    to safety was always evident everywhere he worked.
    Rita and I will cherish his friendship for as long as we
    live.

  4. Connie Stewart says:

    Warren was a special person in many ways. He was a true professional in his field and provided outstanding service to the chemical industry. Warren always did the right thing, the best that he could and cared about people and the environment. At Bayer CropScience, we counted Warren as a true asset to the business but even more importantly as a trusted friend. Warren enjoyed life and loved his family deeply. He leaves behind a lifelong legacy of excellence.

  5. Betty Ireland says:

    I worked with Warren at MATRIC for a short time. He was kind and generous with his time with me. And he particularly showed me how to make the office coffee his way! My sympathies to the family.
    —Betty Ireland

  6. Frank & Emita Stowers says:

    So sorry Emita and I will be unable to attend the visitation and service. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Warren was a good friend and we will miss him.

  7. Patricia Schillings says:

    So sorry to read about Warren’s passing. I am so glad I was able to work with him on the Community Music Board. He was an inspiration and a very wise man. I also enjoyed his humor. Blessings to you, Betty, and the family.

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Visitation

  • Friday, January 26
    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Snodgrass Funeral Home
  • 4122 MacCorkle Avenue SW
    South Charleston, WV 25309-1512
  • (304) 768-7324
  • Directions

Memorial Service

  • Friday, January 26
    5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Reception to follow
  • Snodgrass Funeral Home
  • 4122 MacCorkle Avenue SW
    South Charleston, WV 25309-1512
  • (304) 768-7324
  • Directions