BALDWIN — James Ware, Jr., was born Aug. 5, 1927, to the late James Bradford Ware and Hattie Bell-Hill Ware in Cincinnati, Ohio. James gave his life to Christ in his youth and was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Baldwin. Jimmy, or Uncle Jimmy as he was known throughout Woodland Park community, enjoyed reading, hunting and fishing.
At 17, James entered the United States military and served in World War II and later in Korea and Vietnam. During his military career he received many honors and medals. He also taught at the University of Toledo. After retiring, James worked as a mail carrier and a postmaster for the United States Postal Service. His love for service continued long after his military career, as he served on the board of Veteran Affairs and the board for Merrill Township.
James married Shirley, and to their union Kevin, James, John and Donna were born. In 1974, James and Victoria gave birth to Shawn. On March 23, 1979, Gail and James wed. No children were born in this union, but James did help raise Gail’s daughters Karen, Tracy, Pam, Michelle and Diana.
James was preceded in death by both his parents; one sister, Vivian Lewis; and one brother, Joel Ware.
James leaves to cherish his memory a loving and caring ex–wife, Gail; daughters, Shawn (Joe) Washington and Donna Edwards; sons; Kevin (Hazel) Ware, John (Karen) Ware and James (Denise) Ware; one brother, David Ware; 11 nieces and nephews; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Services already have taken place with interment in Merrill Township Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements were entrusted to Verdun Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Baldwin, MI (231)745-4680.
Source: Lake County Star (Baldwin, MI) – Thursday, December 1, 2016