LAKE WENATCHEE – John W. Ware, 82, a 50-year resident of Lake Wenatchee, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1994, at his home. He was born June 1, 1912, to Walter and Elizabeth (Stanley) Ware at Huntington, Ind. At a young age, he moved with his family to the Seattle area where he received his early education and graduated from high school in 1930. He first came to Lake Wenatchee in 1927, where his father worked in a shingle bolt camp up the White River. He served in the Merchant Marine following high school, and again during World War II, for a total of 13 years, and was discharged as a second mate. He married Mary Nelson on April 26, 1941, at Seattle. They moved to Lake Wenatchee in 1945. Mr. Ware was the first full-time resident ranger of the Lake Wenatchee State Park, and retired from the Forest Service as range management specialist on the Lake Wenatchee Ranger District in 1977. He led programs as a volunteer for the Forest Service, state parks, schools and museums. After his retirement he worked as a carpenter and constructed fireplaces. He was a member of the Plain Community Church, the North Central Washington Museum, the Seafarers Union and the Welders Union. He was also active in several archaeological digs along the Wenatchee River and was involved in the Stevens Pass Bygone Byways Project. He is survived by his wife, of the family home; a brother, Lew of Marysville; a sister, Gene Hoffman of Sultan; a nephew, James R. Nelson of Wenatchee; three nieces, Joan Crummitt of Preston, Idaho, and Kellie and Ella Nelson of Bellingham; and special friends, Duane, Corky, Sam and Katie Broaddus, all of Lake Wenatchee. He was preceded in death by a brother. Arrangements are by Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth.
Source: Wenatchee World, The (WA) – Friday, August 12, 1994