Reggie Zeil Ware, age 89, was born May 5, 1924 in Montesano, WA to Wesley and Pearl Ware. He was the eldest of seven. He was a long time resident of Machias, WA where he and his wife of 65 years Dolores, lived and raised their family. On January 5, 2014 he was called home to Jesus. He leaves behind brother, Ron Ware of Bellingham, WA, sister, Faith Haack of Centralia, WA; son, Douglas Ware of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Julie Allen of Benton City, WA; grandson, Kelly Allen and his wife, Michelle Allen of Hermiston, OR; granddaughter, Brooke Zueger and her husband, Blake Zueger of Lake Stevens, WA; and great-grandchildren, Hunter and Ryan Allen of Hermiston, OR. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Dolores Mae Ware (Bunney). Reggie proudly served in the United States Army during WWII. He was the personal escort for Dwight D. Eisenhower in which Reggie believes was the reason he survived the war, adding this as another way in which God helped protect him during his life. After WWII, Reggie went to college at WWU and obtained a teaching degree. He then taught Mathematics and Mechanical Drawing in the Edmonds School District for over 30 years. He also was a Driver's Education Instructor for Edmonds Community College after he retired from teaching. Reggie was also a long time member of Machias Community Church and Christian Family Assembly, where he was in charge of the sign board and faithfully put up words of encouragement to everyone who was blessed by them. Reggie loved his family! He spent the better part of his life loving and supporting his children and grandchildren in ways that can't be measured. He lived his life to honor Christ and wasn't afraid to share his love for Jesus with everyone he would meet. He is now reunited with his wife Dolores and finally gets to see Jesus. A grave site service will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11 a.m.at the Machias Cemetery.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Jan. 11, 2014