Lawrence Oscar Ware, 94, St. Clair, departed this life at his home in St. Clair Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.
He was born in St. Louis Feb. 19, 1918, the son of Christopher Columbus "Lum" Ware and wife Helena Marie, nee Boschert.
On Aug. 28, 1937, Mr. Ware was united in marriage to Naomi Allie Nappier and five children came to bless this union.
Mr. Ware is survived by three sons, Paul Ware, Apple Valley, Calif., David Ware and wife Margaret, St. Clair, and Jeffrey Ware and wife Debbie, New Baden, Ill.; two daughters, Pauline Scheer, St. Clair, and Hope Thoele and husband Ed, Shreveport, La.; sister-in-law, Thelma Vaughn, Sullivan; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Ware; parents; stepfather, John "Wes" Vaughn; one son, Donald A. Nappier; one brother, Aloysious "Al" Vaughn; three sisters, Lorraine Gust, Helen Stahlman and Berdella Nappier; two half sisters, Edna Wideman and Florence Farrell; and two grandchildren.
Mr. Ware was a Christian and member of St. Clare Catholic Church, St. Clair. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Leo Steck Council 4667, St. Clair.
He was employed for many years by Standard Oil Company and later by Von Weise Gear Company, St. Clair.
Mr. Ware was proud to have served his country as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army
during World War II
, entering June 15, 1944, and receiving an honorable discharge Dec. 30, 1945. During his service, Mr. Ware was awarded two Bronze Stars
. He was a squad leader and the first U.S. soldier to fire the 105 mortar in the Philippines.
Mr. Ware was a member of American Legion Post 347 and V.F.W
. Post 2482, both of St. Clair. He also was past sexton and past cemetery board president and secretary of the Anaconda Cemetery, St. Clair.
Mr. Ware's other interests included puttering around in his shop and caring for his home and yard, always staying busy. What meant most to him was his family. Mr. Ware's children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The many wonderful memories they shared will forever be cherished by them all.
A funeral Mass was held Wednesday. Oct. 31, at St. Clare Catholic Church, St. Clair, with the Revs. Bob Knight and Paul Telken officiating.
Interment was in Anaconda Cemetery, St. Clair.
Memorials to the Knights of Columbus, St. Clair, are preferred.
The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.