Born Nov. 22, 1915, in rural Yates City, Ill., to Winfield and “Tillie” Till Ware, he married Helen Louise Pullen on Aug. 29, 1941, in Peoria.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Ware, a sister, Mildred Lightfoot, and one daughter, Mary Helen Ware.
Surviving are three sons, David E. Ware (Suzanne) of Pueblo, Colo., Donald J. Ware (Alma) of Dallas, Texas, and Larry T. Ware (Hope) of Peoria, Ill.; one daughter, Kathryn Ann (Ware) Allison (Charles Skip) of Lake Zurich, Ill.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He worked at R.G. Letourneau (later WABCO) in Peoria as a machinist form 1940 to 1979. He attended Knox College in Galesburg following high school and served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946.
He became a member of Bradley Epworth United Methodist Church in 1941.
He belonged to the WABCO Camping Club of Peoria from 1968 to the present.
He enjoyed hunting, traveling and reading, but most of all, his dear friends and family.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Cumerford Endsley Diggle Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure. The Rev. Tom Eckhardt will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Bradley Epworth United Methodist Church.