Command Sgt. Maj. Horace Ware Jr., Obituary, 2001

Command Sgt. Maj. Horace Ware Jr., 79, served his 
country in the military for 41 years and one month. 

He died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at Stillwater Medical

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Strode 
Chapel, Charles W. Thomas officiating. Burial will 
follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction
of Strode Funeral Home. 

Ware was born Nov. 30, 1921, in Bartlesville to Horace
Ware Sr., and Pearl (Covey) Ware 

On Dec. 2, 1939, he married Charlena Elmore in Pawnee. 

Ware's military career included two years in the Navy, 
19 years in the National Guard and 19 more in the Army

His military career began during the era of pre-World
War II campaign. He was released from active duty 
as a corporal before the attack on Pearl Harbor and 
returned home in time to register for the draft. 

Later he became an officer in the National Guard. 
When the Korean War began, he was called back to active 
duty to serve on the front line. He served there from
December 1951 to the spring of 1952. 

After serving as the executive officer in an infantry
battalion of the 45th Infantry and promotion to 
lieutenant colonel, Ware reverted to the inactive ready
reserve in 1969. He resigned his commission in May 1970
and was assigned as an operations sergeant for the 2nd 
Brigade of the 95th Division in Enid. 

In 1974 he transferred to an intelligence sergeant slot 
at the 3rd Brigade Headquarters and was promoted to 
command sergeant major in October 1978. Ware retired from 
his position as command sergeant for the 2nd Battalion of
the 3rd Brigade in Ponca City in November 1982. 

He was also a retired carpentry superintendent of the OSU
Physical Plant. Ware was a member of the Christian Church,
VFW, American Legion and Stillwater Boat Club. 

He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Bill and Dawn
Rae Ware of Perry; two daughters, Susie and Charles Swart 
of Pawnee and Roline and Jim Askew of Stillwater; Also,
six grandchildren, Stacey Swart of Pawnee, Shelly and Dave
Duer of Broken Arrow, Shawna and Brian Thompson of Davenport,
Bill Jr. and Kim Ware of Melbourne, Fla., Brittany Ware of 
Perry and Steve and Rebecca Askew of Manhattan, Kan.; four
great-grandchildren, Faith Nadine Thompson of Davenport, 
William Hunter Duer of Broken Arrow, Gage Askew and Carson
Askew, both of Manhattan, Kan. 

Honorary pallbearers are Mark Grimsley, Stacey Swart, Dan
Hasenfratz, Brian Thompson, Dave Duer, Bob Carlson, Walter
Crane, Alfred Broyles, Dick Robinett and R.V. Sturgeon. 

Memorials may be made to Pancreatic Center Action Network, 
Box 1010, Torrance, Calif., 90505; VFW, Box 765, 

Stillwater, or American Legion, 607 S. Main, Stillwater 74074." 

Source:  Obits July, 2001, Stillwater Daily NewsPress, Payne Co 
OK - Obit Index for July 2001

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting a comment here you grant this site a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution.