Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Arthur and Phoebe (Walker) Ware. Prior to his retirement he owned the Citgo Gas Station in Clarks Summit as well as L&M Shoes in Clarks Summit for over 35 years. Earlier in his career he was a manager for Washington National Insurance Company.
He was a proud U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II, a member of Our Lady of the Snows Church and the VFW Post 7069 in Clarks Summit. Joe was extremely active with the Abington Little League where he served in various ways for over 30 years.
Also surviving are two daughters, Dorothy Keslosky and her husband, Michael, Liberty Township, Ohio, and Doris Ann Cowell and her husband, Gary, Las Vegas, Nevada; six sons, Carl Ware, South Abington Township, Bill Ware and his wife, Celina, Charlestown, Indiana, Gerald King, Scranton, Barry King and his wife, Jackie, Avoca, Patrick King, Scranton, and Francis King, Duryea; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Arthur, Jack, Harry and Edward and a sister, Dorothy Catracchia.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held from Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Interment with full military honors followed at Fairview Cemetery in Elmhurst. There were no public calling hours.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, PO Box 7000, Albert Lea, MN 56007-8001.