Gordon Keith Ware Obituary, 1998

A memorial service for Gordon Keith Ware will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, at The Little Home Church by the Wayside, 32W128 Army Trail Road, Wayne.

Mr. Ware was the former president of the Chicago Roller Skate Bros. Manufacturing and Fuse Company, founded by his grandfather in 1906. During World War II, however, the company, in addition to roller skates, made everything from airplane parts to components for electronics businesses. This put it into production of critical ammunition fuses for the Army Ordinance, and, as a result, the company was awarded the Army/Navy ‘E’ for Excellence.

Mr. Ware attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi.

He left school to enlist in the Army Ordinance during the war, and by the time of his discharge, had attained the rank of captain.

Afterwards he joined the family business and successfully managed the company until it was sold in 1992. He was also an active member of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, where he served as an officer and director for several years.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Ethlyn Dulin of St. Charles; son, G. Keith Ware Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughters, Victoria (Charles) Jessopp ofLake Forest, Alyson (Peter) Hellman of Gates Mills, Ohio and Jane (Payson) Swaffield of Dover, Mass.; sister, Margaret (Arch) Allen of Livingston, Mont.; and 11 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, or to Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield.

Arrangements were made by Yurs Funeral Home, St. Charles.

For information, (630) 584-0060.

Source:  Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) – Sunday, February 8, 1998

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