MCMINNVILLE, Ore. - Warren T. Monberg, 89, formerly of Hancock and Bellaire, Fla. passed away in McMinnville, Ore. on June 11. He had been under hospice care for several weeks and was surrounded by his family for his last hour.
Warren was born to Otto and Odette (Trepreau) Monberg in Chicago, Ill., in 1923.
Otto was an architect for the Chicago Public School System and was influential in Warren carrying on the family tradition of architecture and construction.
Warren attended the academically rigorous Steinmetz High School in Chicago, but his plans for college were interrupted by World War II. Warren commanded a tank in Patton's Third Army and was involved in numerous battles in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. At the end of the war, he spent six months in London on an engineering assignment.
After having spent three years in the Army, he enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Technology and studied architecture under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
During the summer of his graduation from IIT in 1948, Warren married the lovely Joan Jacobson from Waukesha, Wis.
Warren began his professional career as an architect with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago. While attending an ACG convention in 1952, he met Herman Gundlach of Houghton. Gundlach commissioned Warren to design his new, modern home in Houghton. This was built in 1953 and is known as the Gundlach "President's residence" for Michigan Technological University.
Shortly after the house was completed, Gundlach offered Warren a position as Vice President which he accepted and moved his growing family to Hancock. The timing was excellent since Gundlach Construction was embarking on a program that involved the virtual re-building of the entire MTU campus, extensive work at K.I. Sawyer AFB and installation of smelters, ball mills and other processes for the copper and iron mines in the U.P. Warren enjoyed the many challenges that this wide variety of projects offered and he helped build Gundlach's reputation as the premier builder in the Western U.P.
Warren loved his five children, five grandchildren and his Golden Retriever dogs.
He was an active member of the Portage Lake Golf Club, the Hancock Elks and the Miscowaubik Club in Calumet. He was an acknowledged expert on the frescos at the Ambassador. He loved the camaraderie of his hunting camp beyond the Wyandotte Golf Club.
Warren had a quick wit and loved to socialize with his many friends. He related well to people from all walks of life. He was a man of his word and expected others to behave the same.
After more than 30 years at Gundlach, Warren and Joan retired to Bellaire, Fla. For the last three years, they have lived in Hawaii and most recently in Oregon in order to be closer to their son, Dan and daughter, Nicole.
Warren is survived by his wife, Joan of McMinnville, Ore.; his children, Eric (Wendy Mager) of Princeton, N.J., Nicole (Glenn) VanDeVeere of McMinnville, Ore., Mike (Sue) of Orlando, Fla., Dan (Dina) of San Rafael, Calif. and Marc of Marquette; grandchildren, Tara Shirriff, Megan, Ryan, Devyn and Delaney Monberg; sister-in-law Judy Jacobson of East Troy, Wis.; step-sister Karen Frink of Mt. Prospect, Ill.; and nephew Marc Peter Jacobson of Indianapolis, Ind.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 3 p.m. July 11 at the Kemp Lake House, 47880 Lower Pointe Mills Road, Dollar Bay.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be sent to the Copper Country Humane Society, P.O. Box 453, Houghton, MI 49931 or the Michigan Special Olympics.
Online condolences may be made at oneilldennisfh.com.