Donald Duane Ware Obituary, 2011

“Donald Duane Ware, 94, of Shreveport, Lousiana, died March 21, 2011 in El Dorado, Kansas. Donald was born to Arthur Thomas Ware and Esther Ellen Garner Ware on May 25, 1916 in Hazelton, Kansas. He graduated from high school in Harper, Kansas in 1935. His lifelong love of aviation began in his teens with a friendship he began with Walter Beech of Beechcraft. He continued with this passion, often “night-flying the beacons” from south-eastern Kansas where he worked, to his home in Harper for a weekend visit. Donald enlisted in the US Army in 1940, serving in World War II until 1945. As a qualified sharpshooter and forward observer he served in several war campaigns, including Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland, earning a bronze star for meritorious service. Following the war, he worked for Trans World Airlines and then later enlisted in the US Air Force where he served in various posts and locations, until he retired from active service in 1968. He then served 11 years as postal carrier, until he retired to Shreveport, Lousiana. He had many interests, the greatest of which was aviation, as a pilot, mechanic and experimental aircraft builder. He also enjoyed gardening, building clocks and reading biographies and history. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma, infant son Edmond, brother Garner and sister Justine. He is survived by his son, Gary & Connie Ware of Towanda, Kansas, granddaughter Shelly & Joel Maleport of O’Fallon, Missouri, grandson Steve & Esther Ware of Valley Center, Kansas and three great-grandchildren. A graveside service were held at Woodard Cemetery, Taylor, Louisiana on Friday March 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM. Memorials in his memory are for Paylor Baptist Church Youth Fund or Paylor Baptist Church Library. Carlson Funeral Home, 200 S. Star, El Dorado, Kansas are in charge of the arrangements.”

Source:  FindAGrave

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