Added by: Sue and Doug
“James “Jim” H. Ware, 91, passed away on Monday, January 12, 2009 at Mission Regional Medical Center in Mission, Texas. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in December of 1917. When he was three, his family moved to his grandfather’s farm just north of Mexico , Missouri . He graduated from Mexico High School and later married Martha Hammett and they had three children. With World War II on the horizon, Jim enlisted in the Army Air Force in November of 1942. He received his wings and commission and when the war ended, he was a Second Lieutenant.
Returning to Mexico after the war, Jim and his brother, Lon, began Mexico Building Products and Mexico Readi-Mix. He then moved his family to Fulton and established Callaway Concrete in 1950. He was recalled to the Air Force during the Korean Conflict as a flight instructor and released from active duty in 1953.
In 1957 Callaway Concrete and Mexico Readi-Mix merged into a new company, MO-CON, Inc. Later, other new businesses were established including Callaway Quarries in 1958, Mid-State Concrete Pipe in 1962, J.H. Ware Trucking in 1970, WareHouse Farms, Inc. of Mission, TX in 1970 (now Rio Queen Citrus, Inc), Country Wares in 1978, and West Side Storage in 1987.
During this time, Jim always had his businesses and the business of Fulton on his mind. He was one of the original founders of the Fulton Development Corporation which was instrumental in bringing Samuels Shoe Company and H.K. Porter Refractories to town. He also served on the Fulton Planning Commission and was on the original committee that resulted in the Fulton Housing Authority. He was part of the group of businessmen who were responsible for the creation of the industrial park on the north edge of the city. He was also president of the Fulton Country Club.
Jim never lost his love for flying. He flew with the Missouri Air National Guard until his retirement as a Major in 1962. He logged over 13,000 total flying hours during the 49 years that he held a pilot’s license. Jim will be remembered for the many trips he made to transport people to family gatherings, funerals, business meetings, and political rallies. Many will remember that Jim was an ardent supporter of the local airport and encouraged the growth and development of the site. In fact, it was Jim Ware who held the first meeting that resulted in the local airport being named after his dear friend, Elton Hensley.
Jim is survived by his wife, Martha Ware, his daughters; Barbara (Kenneth) Diehl and Sue (Ken) Martin, his son Jack Ware, all of McAllen, TX, his grandchildren: Julie Diehl of McAllen, TX, Amy (Nathan) Bailey of Dallas, TX, Sarah (Shannon) Sparks of Fulton, MO, Chuck Ware of Austin, TX, Mike (Anna) Martin of Mission, TX and Jeanie (Paul) Martin-Heller of Mission, TX, as well as 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at Maupin Funeral Home in Fulton, Missouri with Pastor Bruce Williamson officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at Maupin Funeral Home in Fulton, Missouri. Interment will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bethel Presbyterian Church, c/o Mr. Ned Azdell, 2554 Highway MM, Mexico, Missouri 65265.
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Created by: Sue and Doug
Record added: Jan 14, 2009
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