CLARA CITY --William Bernard Warrings, 98, of Clara City, died Friday at the Clara City Care Center.
The service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Clara City and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.
He was born Oct. 14, 1910, to Hilen and Anna (Tammen) Warrings in Chippewa County. He graduated from the Clara City High School and attended Augsburg College. In 1933, he joined the Willmar Amateur Baseball League and then joined the Chicago Cubs in the minor league. He was traded to the Los Angeles Angels, and played in the Pacific Coast League in the Triple A ranks.
He enlisted in the Army in 1940 and was honorably discharged in 1945.
He married Laura Strommen on Jan. 21, 1949, in Minneapolis. He worked for the state of Minnesota in traffic control and was transferred to the Willmar office where he retired after 33 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion for 62 years and was also inducted into the Augsburg Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in baseball.
He is survived by two daughters: Roxann (and Jerry) Peters and Sandra (and Roger) Larson, all of Alexandria; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2003, one sister and a great-great-grandson.