Added by: Rich Ware
“John A. Ware an old and highly respected pioneer of Wolf River township, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. P. M. Leonhard, in Leona, Friday, August 23, 1907.
Mr. Ware was in his usual health which while not very good was such that he kept about and attended the Wathena Chautauqua. While there he caught cold which developed into bronchitis, and on Tuesday Dr. Blakely was sent for, and his daughter, Mrs. N. Rittenhouse, also went up to be with her father, and with his granddaughter, Mrs. Emma Knecht, did everything possible, hoping for his recovery, but he steadily grew worse and breathed his last about 3 o’clock p.m., Friday. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at Leona, Rev. Bodwell, pastor of the Congregational church conducting the services.
John A. Ware was born in Warren county, Ohio, November 5, 1828. April 28, 1850, he was married to Miss Rachel VanHorn, and removed to Grant county, Indiana, where they resided until about 1862, when they removed to Nodaway Co., Mo., living there until 1866 or 1867, when they came to Doniphan county, settling on a farm a few miles northeast of Severance. About 1883, they moved to Severance, and six years ago to Leona where they have since resided. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ware of whom five are living, the others with one exception, Mrs. Margret Vandever, having died in childhood.
Mrs. Ware died five years ago and now she and the husband of her youth lie side by side in Wolf River cemetery, where are buried three of the little ones gone before.
Mr. Ware’s surviving children are Mrs. Noah Rittenhouse and R. W. Ware of Severance, J. W. Ware of Crawford, Nebraska., Mrs. P. M. Leonhard of Leona, and Mrs. Wm. Bender of Panhandle, Texas. There are fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Mr. Ware was a man of great force of character and sterling integrity. Honorable in his dealings with his fellow men. He was for many years a member of the Methodist church of Severance and a man who kept in touch with all the topics of interest, both state and national.
He has lived to a good age and kept his mental faculties to the last. He enjoyed the Chautauqua gatherings and has attended nearly every one. He is said to have bid his friends good bye saying he `never expected to again attend a Chautauqua meeting.’ ”
Wolf River Cemetery
Source: The Severance News, 30 Aug 1907
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