BEAR LAKE— Burton J. Ware, age 84 of Bear Lake passed away on Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
He was born on Nov. 16, 1932 in Bear Lake, son of the late Burt and Mary (Fauble) Ware. He attended Bear Lake High School, graduating with the class of 1951. Burton enlisted in the United States Army on Feb. 3, 1953, serving until his honorable discharge on January 21, 1955.
Burton married Diane Mathieu on Dec. 31, 1959 in Onekama at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He worked as a machinist for various places over the years and retired at age 72 from Graceland Fruits. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, helping people with projects and was a jack of all trades.
For 20 years, Burton worked with the Cub Scouts as Assistant Cub Master and Pinewood Derby Chairman. As a proud veteran Burton took over the job of placing all the American Flags on the veterans graves in both Bear Lake Township and Fairview Cemeteries for many years.
Burton was a member of the Arcadia VFW.
Burton is survived by his wife, Diane Ware of Bear Lake; four sons, John (Becky) Ware of Griffith, Ind., Brian Ware of Williamsburg, Craig Ware of New London, Conn. and Eric (Heidi) Ware of Bear Lake; daughter, Andrea Ware of Bear Lake; four grandchildren, Kaasi (Shawn) Hodges, Kayti (Jose) Valencia both of Kentucky and Lanessa and Brynlee Ware of Bear Lake; two brothers, Bernard “Bud” Ware and Dean (Sandy) Ware both of Bear Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John, Art and Prent Ware; two sisters, Irene Olenizcak and Grace Eldridge.
Funeral services with military honors will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Bear Lake United Methodist Church with Rev. Jane Logston and Reverend James Carmichael officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church from noon until time of service. Burial will take place at that time in Fairview Cemetery in Bear Lake.
Memorial contributions in memory of Burton may be directed to a Veterans Organization or children’s charity of donor’s choice.
Please feel free to share a memory or photo with the family at www.oakgrovefh.com.
The family has entrusted funeral arrangements with Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Manistee – Bear Lake Chapel.
Source: Manistee News Advocate, The (MI) – Monday, May 1, 2017