Added by: Randy Shepherd
“Downey Moncue “Red” Ware, LCDR Retired, as a believer entered his heavenly home with a new body on January 17, 2007. He was born June 6, 1926 in Roanoke, Virginia, the son of the late Downey and Lena Bowyer Ware. Red entered the United States Navy in July 1943 at age of seventeen: served 31 ½ years (July 1943 Feb. 1975). As a Seaman, he was ordered to duty on USS ALCOR (AR-10). In December, 1943 transferred to USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62), flagship for the THIRD and FIFTH fleets and during this tour the New Jersey was engaged in nine major battles in the Pacific (World War II). He served on the USS DAYTON (CL-105), USS ARNEB (AKA-56), USS CANISTEO (AO-99), USS AUCILLA (AO-56). In October 1966, Lieutenant Ware assumed command of the USS MATACO (AFT-86) and during his tour the USS MATACO spent seven months in the far east during Vietnam. In June 1967, the Mataco saw unusual duty where carriers launch air strikes against North Vietnam. The Mataco shadowed two Soviet trawlers to prevent interference with the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in January, 1968. Other tours of duty were in London, Coco Solo Canal Zone, Key West, Florida, Naples, Italy, Washington, D.C., San Diego, California, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Cam Rann Bay and Saigon, Vietnam, Commander Service Force US Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia. He was awarded the following medals, (five) Navy Good Conduct, American Theater, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with nine stars, Navy Occupation Service with Asia and Europe claps, National Defense with Bronze star-commendation from General Westmoreland and Admiral Zumwalt, World War II Victory Medal, Vietnam Service with four stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two stars and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was Chairman of Botetourt County Republican Party (11 years) Botetourt Outstanding Republican (of the year 1979). He was a member of the VFW Post 1115, American Legion Post 240, Catawba Lodge No. 342 (50 year Masonic pin), Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA, Kazim Roanoke Valley Shrine Club, National Officers Association, Military Officers Association of America and a Member of Rosalind Hills Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his British wife of 42 years, Gwendolyn Thomas Ware; sister, Mary Frances Ware Jamison and her husband, Jamie; brother and sister-in-law, Rodney and Jean Ware; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Audrey and Charlie Harris; and step daughter-in-law, Dawn Webb Dooley. Red, a truly kind and committed man with a beautiful smile, will be greatly missed by his wife, Wanda Huffman Ware. Also surviving are his son, Barrie G. Ware and wife, Beryl Tribble Ware; granddaughter, M. Angelique Ware; great-granddaughters, Sarah Mallow, Tamara Mallow, and Hunter Switzer; stepsons, Kevin Dooley and wife Lavita, Keith Dooley and wife Debbie; stepgranddaughters, Amanda, Abigail, Kerry Dooley and Katie Cunningham; nephews, David Ware and wife, Norma, Paul Ware and wife, Diane, Bryan and wife, Beth; niece, Linda Ware; five great-nephews and two great-nieces. The family is most grateful to Sharon and Jim Mundy, whose care of Red in this difficult time was superior. Thanks to Dr. Ezekiel Jones and Carilion Hospice Services for their care. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2007 at Oakey’s East Chapel with Dr. Tom Stocks officiating. Masonic Rites by Catawba Lodge. Interment will follow in Godwin Cemetery, Fincastle with Military Honors by the U.S. Navy. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey’s East Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials may be made to the Military Family Support Center, P. O. Box 1122, Salem, Virginia 24153, Rosalind Hills Baptist Church Building Fund, or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Oakey’s East Chapel (Bonsack), 977-3909.”
Source: Roanoke Times from 1/19/2007 – 1/20/2007.
Randy Shepherd Record added: Jan 19, 2007