Maintaining fighter planes in World War II, air conditioners in Texas and anti-gravity environments for the space program, Denson Wood Ware was loyal to his friends, family and community.
Ware died Thursday at the age of 90 from complications of a stroke.
“He was a devoted, loving, compassionate dad to us kids,” daughter Johnell Allard said, “I couldn’t have gone out and found a better father.”
Beginning with his military career in 1941, Ware and three friends either enlisted or were drafted into the Army Air Corps, hoping to be stationed together.
“It wasn’t long before they weren’t,” his wife Frances Ware said.
As part of the 80th Fighter Squadron, Ware was moved from St. Louis to Australia and throughout the islands in New Guinea as the U.S. military fought its way through the Pacific in World War II.
Denison Ware constructed, repaired and refueled airplanes. He also volunteered to scavenge for food left behind by the Japanese.
“He has many medals that we don’t know what they are,” his wife said.
In 1959, Ware became part of the space program, working at Brooks Field Aero Space Medicine. His wife said his job was to make sure the simulated anti-gravity environment area was kept at the right temperature as astronauts were trained to walk in space.
Once he retired in 1979, he became very active in his community. For 22 years he volunteered at the front desk of St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital.
“Any services that they needed he would take them where they needed to go,” his daughter said.
Ware started a food delivery service for seniors at Christ Lutheran Church and helped judge the cleanliness and environmental awareness of businesses for Beautify San Antonio.
“He was never idle,” his wife said.