“Services for Carey J. Ware, 88, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home he established 42 years ago. Mr. Ware, a mortician for 62 years and believed to be one of the oldest active members of the profession in the nation, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at his residence, 146 East Water Street. He had been active at the C.J. Ware & Son Funeral Home, 121 West Second Street, until he took ill 10 weeks ago.
Born in Fayette County August 6, 1860, he was the son of Thomas A. and Elizabeth Smith Ware. He started in business as an undertaker at New Holland in 1887. Those were the days when horse-drawn hearses were scarce in rural districts and the pallbearers and director often were obliged to heft the homemade casket from the deceased’s home, to the church, to the cemetery.
Mr. Ware at sheriff’s sale purchased the firm of Horland and Arnold, remaining at New Holland until 1892 when he came to Chillicothe and became associated with Charles Hess, who operated a funeral home at 18 East Second Street. After Mr. Hess retired from the business, Mr. Ware was in partnership with M.J. Grobe until 1907 when the latter went into business for himself and Mr. Ware was joined by his son Clark. Following the latter’s death in 1920, another son, Thomas, entered the firm.
Mr. Ware once recalled that he’d known personally a considerable portion of the 14,000 or more persons he had laid to final rest. In one 30-day period in 1918, during Camp Sherman days of World War I, the concern handled the bodies of 1,056 soldiers, victims of influenza epidemic. Several years after the war the concern moved to the West Second street address.
Mr. Ware was active in fraternal organizations. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic bodies – Blue lodge, Chapter, Council, Knights Templar, Shrine – and Elks and Odd Fellows. He also was a member of the Eastern Star, the Red Men, Eagles, Chillicothe Country Club, Chamber of Commerce and National Funeral Directors Association. He was the last of a group of six Elks of 50 years or more standing who were honored at a special banquet in February 1945.
Surviving are three children, Mrs. C.R. Duncan of Cincinnati, Thomas A., of this city, and Charles of Columbus; a sister, Hattie Briggs of Frankfort, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Ware, the former Lucretia Roseboom, died May 2, 1929.
The Rev. John B. Taylor, pastor of Walnut Street Methodist Church, of which he was a member, will officiate at the service and burial in Grandview cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. Friday.”
JLM Record added: Nov 25, 2008