Widely known as the father of rock star Marilyn Manson. Upon his death in July 2017, his son published an open tribute him on his Instagram page that became widely shared and eventually went viral.
His son rose to widespread prominence in the 1990s for his eccentric style mixed with unique industrial rock sounds. His two albums Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals became widespread best-sellers and brought along controversy.
He served as a flight engineer and crew chief in the Air Commando Squadron during the Vietnam War. He frequently attended his son's concerts wearing band merchandise.
His wife's name was Barbara Warner, who passed away in May 2014. His son's birth name is Brian.
He openly supported his son Marilyn Manson's career, and often did so with his wife.