Added by: Joe Pearce
Hershal Leo Ware was born in Texarkana, Arkansas on June 6, 1923. He was one of four sons born to Charles and Nora (Chapman) Ware. He is predeceased by his parents, his brothers Kenneth Ray and Orlin Ware, and survived by his wife, Mavis, son Stephen and his wife Joanna, daughter Shannon, brother Jeff and four grandchildren, Candice, Natalie, Jordan and Jonah. He dearly loved his former son-in-law Kelly, who was such a help to the family.
Leo was drafted into the Army Air Corp in 1943, and proudly served in the Pacific theater. He married Mavis Dean Swint on July 31, 1944. Following the war, Leo and Mavis, and lifelong friends Luther and Margaret Shumaker, moved to Dallas where Leo continued his much-loved work as a lumberman. He was a co-owner of a hardwood lumber and moulding mill for many years, and imparted to his family a love of beautiful wood.
Leo and Mavis were longtime members of Wildwood Baptist Church, which they joined in 1955. Leo served for many years as a deacon, and was currently a member of Oates Dr. Baptist Church.
There are many things about Leo that his family loved. He loved travel, the Texas Rangers, the outdoors, camping, and was irresistibly drawn to lonely dirt roads that led into the mountains. He could never pass a dirt road without turning down it to see the vistas and where it might lead. He patiently stopped at every snow-melt trickle or rushing waterfall to let his daughter touch the icy water.
Leo shared a passion for reading with his family. His children learned a love of maps, a story well told, and the beauty of a wonderful book. His wife Mavis loved the weekday lunch dates to unusual restaurants where they explored interesting cuisine together. His children and grandchildren inherited the love of finding a small and wonderful, hidden restaurant.
Leo passed away in Mesquite on November 10, 2012 after several years of health problems. His loving wife Mavis, his helpmate for 68 years, tirelessly cared for him. The family wishes to thank friends and family who helped during this time: Joe and Laverne Swint, Betty and Ed Arnett, Luther Shumaker, Tanya Pullen and Heart to Heart Hospice, especially Steven. We would like to give our gratitude to Town East Rehabilitation and Nursing, and the wonderfully loving staff that cared for Leo and supported his family.
Laurel Oaks Memorial Park
Source: Find A Grave
Created by: Screech
Record added: Nov 11, 2012
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