C. Edward Ware Obituary, 2012

“C. EDWARD WARE, 91 ROCKFORD – C. Edward Ware, a locally and nationally recognized church architect who moved to Rockford with his wife in 1946, died early Sunday, June 17, 2012, at age 91 from a brief illness after a stroke. After growing up in Parkersburg, W.Va., serving in the Navy and earning a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois, Ed Ware (as he was known) and his wife of 68 years, Peg, raised their family of a daughter and two sons during the 1950s and 1960s while building his architectural practice in Rockford. His career included the design of more than 100 churches, numerous banks, several junior colleges and many residences in northern Illinois and around the country. He was a co-founder and served three times as the president of the Northern Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was honored in his professional and military careers with numerous awards, including induction into the College of Fellows of America Institute of Architects in 1983, the Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award and a commendation of service as a lieutenant junior grade while skippering a small ship during the Pacific Fleet operations in World War II. Born in 1921 in Oakland, Md., to G.D. and Lillie Ware, Mr. Ware is survived by wife, Peg (Peppers) Ware; daughter, Linda (Paul) Thomton; two sons, David (Jeannie) Ware and John (Kim) Ware; five grandchildren, Eric, Lisa, Emily, Ben and Emma; and three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Samantha and Ines. A longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Rockford, where he served an elder and trustee, Mr. Ware was an accomplished watercolor artist and sailor. He enjoyed tennis, golf and travel. He also was a member of the Rotary, Rockford Art Association, the University Club and the Lake Geneva Yacht Club. A celebration of life service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Pavilion at Anderson Japanese Gardens. Donations in lieu of flowers will be welcome to either Northern Illinois Hospice or Rock Valley College general scholarship fund. Olson Funeral & Cremation Services assisted the family. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.

Source:   Rockford Register Star from June 19 to June 20, 2012


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