In loving memory of

Gary Michael Warren
April 2, 1973 - March 2, 2021

Gary M. Warren, 47, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, from injuries received in an automobile accident on Highway 61 near the Long Grove, Iowa exit.

A Celebration of Gary's Life will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021, for friends/family at Riverfront Grille, 4619 34th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be at Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

Gary Michael Warren was born on April 2, 1973 in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Clinton Edward James and JoAnn (Test) Warren. He was a 1991 graduate of Rock Island High School where he struggled to find himself. After finding his passion he attended the University of Illinois, graduating in 2004 with a bachelor's and masters degree in Engineering. He married Beth Ann French on August 8, 1998 in Rock Island, Illinois. After five wonderful children and many happy years they divorced. On November 17, 2019 he married Aisha Lyanga whom he met in Nairobi, Kenya.

Gary put his engineering degree into practice working for engineering companies in Texas with the last being Baker Hughes Company in Houston, Texas. While working his way up the company ladder he took a position that afforded him the opportunity to work throughout Africa for the last seven years.

Gary enjoyed spending time with his family, working on cars, houses, swimming, and playing soccer. Often times flitting from one activity to the other with unbound energy.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Aisha Lyanga Warren; children Grace Warren of Houston, TX, Caleb Warren, Aaron Warren, and Levi Warren of Maquoketa, IA; step-son Mahadi Lyanga; grandchild, Noah Warren of Maquoketa, IA; his parents, Clinton and JoAnn Warren of FL; a brother, Scott (Jen) Warren of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister, Kimberly (Jerred Harvey) Warren of Island Lake, IL. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, a brother James Warren, and a daughter Hannah Rose Warren.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorials may be made to the program that helped to turn his life around, Prison Ministries.

Condolences and memorials may be sent to Carson Celebration of Life Center, 318 West Pleasant Street, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060 c/o the Gary Michael Warren Family.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Please feel free to call or stop at the funeral home with notes of support or leave words of comfort on the funeral home website at


Jennifer wrote on Mar 16, 2021:

"So sad to hear of Gary?s passing! I went to school with him in Rock Island. "

Nicholas van de Water wrote on Mar 11, 2021:

"Rest in Peace in Gary. Fond memories of work experiences and travels in East Africa with you."

Pete Ferries wrote on Mar 9, 2021:

"I worked with Gary in Kenya from 2016 -2020 . He was a larger than life character and was well regarded by all in SSA . Gary did a massive amount of work in his time in SSA ....Rest in peace Gary .....Pete Ferries "

Emeka Okoli wrote on Mar 8, 2021:

"It was a delight working with Gary. He was always energetic, innovative, and forward-thinking. ?It is not the years in a life that counts; it is the life in the years.? Thank you for the service in SSA; the whole team will miss Gary. "

Lin Redling wrote on Mar 8, 2021:

"I am thinking of you and your entire family. So hard to lose such a blessing. Lin"

Bill Greathouse wrote on Mar 7, 2021:

"I have so many wonderful memories of Gary on the Swim Team and of our two Family\'s Adventures and time together. You will not be forgotten Gary, you were so much fun to be with, may you forever rest in peace. Bill Greathouse"

Sheri Melvold, Tommy Messerli wrote on Mar 6, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss."

Glen wrote on Mar 6, 2021:

"Gary! You are missed. You have been missed since moving from Houston. So many good memories. Daddy/daughter dances with Grace and Renay. Date nights with you and Beth. Gone to soon."

Catherine wrote on Mar 6, 2021:

"Ooh very sad to hear. He was a very good friend to me. I met him when he was working in kenya. He was a very kind man, jovial, god hearted, funny and he was ever smilling. Rest in peace Gary. We ll all miss you. Aisha be strong and take heart, for his entire family we are praying for you. All is well. God is in control."

Janet Igogo wrote on Mar 6, 2021:

"We met Gary and Aisha while my husband and I worked in Nairobi, we soon become good friends and we had some good times.Such a kind man friendly, loving and funny. Rest Easy Garry forever you will be missed."

Sue & Michael Van Buer wrote on Mar 5, 2021:

"Our sympathy to all of Gary\'s family and friends."

Shawn wrote on Mar 5, 2021:

"Gary was a good man. He found the good in everyone and would give everyone a chance. He was all ways happy and looked at the bright side of things. Im going to miss u alot "

Grace wrote on Mar 5, 2021:

"He was a good friend to me and he was a humble man since we knew each .we had a great time you and your wife (Aisha) and treated me so well. I will never forget you in my heart. May your soul rest in peace"

Martynas Strazdas wrote on Mar 5, 2021:

"Gary, you will be missed a lot! You were a good colleague and through work you became a friend. I was always happy to help you out with your IT issues, and it was my pleasure of knowing you. When I knew that you are in a country I am visiting I was always sure I would have a good time thanks to you! Rest in peace Gary. Condolences to family. Aisha, you are a wonderful woman, stay strong!"

Jessi Howell wrote on Mar 4, 2021:

"We met Gary when he purchsed houses in Maquoketa. We were his \"handy\" team to get the jobs done, just how he wanted them. What a wonderful man he was. So kind and always smiling. So sorry for your loss. Our hearts hurt from this news. May he rest in peace. "

Chris Morgan wrote on Mar 4, 2021:

"Like many others at Baker Hughes, I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Gary during his time in Houston and beyond. Heartfelt condolences go out to all the Warren family. "

Charles and Connie Anderson wrote on Mar 4, 2021:

"Who could ever forget Gary. What high school years were like with Gary were fun and swimming memories are forefront. Often in our thoughts and prayers for the Warren family "

Kimberly Briggs wrote on Mar 4, 2021:

"Our heart, thoughts and prayers are with Gary\'s family. I\'m so very sorry for your loss. He was an honor to know and his personality was always the most uplifting. "

Jo Ellen and Jeff Maurus wrote on Mar 4, 2021:

"Sympathy to all family on the loss of Gary. Many good memories of the young boys swimming for the Rock Island Y and RIHS. "

Diane Frandsen wrote on Mar 4, 2021:

"Scott and family, I?m very so for your loss. "

Aminah Mukuna wrote on Mar 4, 2021:

"What a pleasure it has been knowing Gary during the period he has been in Nairobi Kenya as a friend and colleague.Rest in Power my Hakuna Matata buddy"

Connie Bonney wrote on Mar 4, 2021:

"To Scott and family- sorry to hear about you\'re brother, Sure heaven has a place up there special for him and his wonderful smile, please know i am thinking of the family in this hard time"

Grace Warren wrote on Mar 4, 2021:

"My dad was an amazing person and blessed so many in his life I will always love you more than anything Daddy."

Cliff Shady wrote on Mar 3, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time Rest in Peace Gary. Sadden to hear this"

Wendy McCartt wrote on Mar 3, 2021:

"Our sincere condolences to you and your family, Scott. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and are here to support you in any way that we can. Wendy, Cheryl and the Maquoketa Chamber Board of Directors "

Lonna Voy Claussen wrote on Mar 3, 2021:

"Scott & family, all of us at MSB West Side are so sorry for your family. ?. Each time Gary came in he would be smiling & laughing and making our day. You are in our thoughts. ??"