G. Lane Ware

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Ware, G. Lane

G. Lane Ware, 75, died Thursday, June 5, at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, of acute myeloid leukemia.

Lane was born in Green Bay, WI, in 1939 to Gordon and Irene Ware. The oldest of three children, he attended high school at Green Bay East and graduated from Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, WI. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. After a postgraduate year at the UW School of Commerce, he began his legal career in 1965 at Ruder & Staples in Wausau. He held the position of President of the Ruder Ware Law Firm for 27 years and retired from the practice at the end of 2013, after 48 years in the profession. He also served as Executive Vice President of Graebel Companies, Inc. His respect and affection for his friends and colleagues at both places were visible and genuine.

Lane was an enthusiastic and energetic professional, seeing initiative and leadership as intertwined. In the field of law, a list of the organizations he began or led as President included the Wisconsin State Bar, the Board of Governors, the Wisconsin Law Foundation, The Law Foundation Fellows, and the Wisconsin Law Alumni Association, among others. He was particularly proud of his work on the Business Law section of the American Bar Committee on Corporate Laws, which revised the Model Business Corporation Act in 1984, and of receiving the Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award.

In the community, among his many leadership roles, he founded or served as President of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, the Aspirus Health Foundation, Central Wausau Progress, the Marathon County Economic Development Council, the First Universalist Unitarian Church, the UW Marathon County Foundation Board of Directors, the Murco Advisory Board, the Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce, the Wausau Club, and the Wausau Area Performing Arts Foundation. In 2009, he and his wife Linda received the 2009 Governor's Award in Support of the Arts Individual Leadership Award.

Lane and Linda, a professor at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County, were married on September 9, 1967, at the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau. While living in the same home on North Hill Road for 41 years, they split their time between Wausau, Longboat Key, and their beloved summer home in Minocqua, where Lane enjoyed cooking for family and friends, puttering with old cars, and piloting cocktail cruises in his 1955 wooden Chris-Craft with a gin and tonic in hand. He was a lifelong Packers fan and season ticket holder, having snuck into the old City Stadium as a boy, and an avid reader and student of history and business as well as law. Lane and Linda worked often as a team not only in perpetual home improvement projects, but also in furthering education and the arts in Wausau and the state of Wisconsin. Most of all, Lane was an immensely proud father and grandfather, following closely the careers of his daughter Hilary, Associate General Counsel for Netflix in San Francisco, and his son Justin, a screenwriter in Los Angeles. He took immense pleasure in the adventures of his three grandchildren and always took time for his extended family.

He is survived by his wife Linda; children, Hilary and Justin (Valerie) Ware; grandchildren, Nicholas, Eva, and Theodore Kosanovich-Ware; brother, Steve (Maureen) Ware, sister, Kathy (Al) Krug, and brother-in-law, Lance (Susie) Kramer, as well as six nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Grand Theater at ArtsBlock at 2:00 pm, Friday, June 20, 2014, with reception to follow in the Great Hall. Reverend Paul Beckel of First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau will preside.

Memorials may be directed to the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, 500 First Street, Suite 2600, Wausau, WI 54403; the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau, 504 Grant St., Wausau, WI 54403; or the Performing Arts Foundation, 401 4th Street, Wausau, WI 54403.

Questions may be directed to Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau, at 715-845-5525.

"He was a man, take him for all in all,

I shall not look upon his like again."

William Shakespeare, Hamlet, (I, ii, 394-395)



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Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from June 14 to June 18, 2014
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