Mr. Ware, 89, was born Jan. 12, 1916, in Glen Ridge, N.J. He was raised in Montclair, N.J., and attended Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1937. At Cornell he was a member of Delta Phi social fraternity and was elected to the Tau Beta Pi honorary society in the engineering school and to Quill and Dagger, the senior men’s honorary society.
Following college, he joined the General Motors Corp. in Detroit. He transferred to the Electro-Motive division of General Motors in La Grange in 1941 and became a Hinsdale resident. He served his entire professional career with General Motors, retiring in 1976 as chief of the engine design group at Electro-Motive, where he was responsible for the design of diesel engines for large locomotives.
Active in civic life in Hinsdale, Ware served as president of the village caucus and the local Young Republican Club. He was a member of the Hinsdale Golf Club. Mr. Ware and his wife served together as the first presidents of the Oak School Parent-Teacher Association.
He was a longtime summer resident of Glen Arbor, where he enjoyed beautiful sunsets and clean air. Mr. Ware was a member of the Glen Lake Yacht Club and an active supporter of conservation and preservation efforts. His family often gathered at Glen Lake for reunions and outdoor recreation.
Mr. Ware is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Parker Ware; his children, James P., Priscilla J., Donald R. and John H.; and his five grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 24, at Union Church of Hinsdale. Interment was at Bronswood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Thomas Hospice, 8230 S. Madison St., Burr Ridge, IL 60521; American Red Cross, 2025 E. St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006; or your favorite charity.