Basil N. Ware, 93, of Decatur, IL, passed away in the early hours of December 23 at Hickory Point Christian Village. Brintlinger Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements in Decatur. Services will be held at Pawlak Funeral Home in Temperance, Michigan, with burial at Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Ohio.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm on Friday, January 2, with the funeral service at 10 am on Saturday, January 3, at Pawlak Funeral Home, 1640 Smith Road, Temperance, Michigan 48182.
Born the first child to Lou & Evadna Ware on May 6, 1921, in Lansing, Michigan, he spent his early childhood in Rome Center, Michigan. The family later moved to the Samaria, Michigan, area living in a home off Lewis Avenue.
He met Letha Agnes Whiting and they married March 5, 1943. They had two children, Barbara (1944) and David (1946).
Basil was a WWII veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium as an army tank gunner. He was honorably discharged from the army and returned home in 1945.
Basil suffered with diabetes, heart failure and had recently been diagnosed with leukemia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lou & Evadna, and two brothers, Dale and Roger, as well as his son, David, in 1997 and wife, Letha, in 2010.
Basil was a retired carpenter and lived most of his life in Samaria, Michigan, in a home he built himself.
In their young years Basil & Letha loved to bowl and played in a league regularly. Basil also enjoyed fishing, watching old western movies, and listening to country music.
Basil and Letha moved to Decatur, IL, in June 2007 to be close to their daughter, Barbara.
Surviving are: daughter Barbara Dove (Douglas); daughter-in-law Patsy Ware Bihn (John); granddaughters Kimberly Taylor (Rich) and Jennifer Brower (Joe); grandsons Stephen Dove (Susan) and Alexander Dove (Lisa); great-grandchildren Jessica Taylor, David Brower, Danny Brower, Alison Taylor, Hanna Dove, Delaney Brower, Sophia Dove, Sarah Dove, Lexi Dove, and Ashley Dove; nieces and nephews (children of Roger Ware) Debra, Kevin, Becky, Kirk, & Pamela.
Basil will be missed by his family. Many thanks to Hickory Point Christian Village for their compassionate care. Thanks, too, to Dr. Velasco & Dr. Minnaganti for their recent care and to Dr. Khan for his care since Basil was in Decatur. www.pawlakfuneralhome.com.
Source: Monroe Evening News, The (MI) – Monday, December 29, 2014