W. Worth Ware Sr.

Nov. 30, 1919 – March 12, 2010


W. Worth Ware Sr., born Nov. 30, 1919, in Huntington, Ind., passed away Friday, March 12, 2010, at age 90.

He was the beloved husband of the late Eunice (nee Weyland); loving father of Thomas (Alice) Ware, William W. (Julie) Ware Jr., Robert (Karen) Ware, Richard (Michele) Ware and Paul (Robin) Ware; and his stepsons, Ronald (Sandra) Vogt and Michael Vogt Sr. He is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Worth attended Huntington College, interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the Navy Air Corps pilot training program, transferring to the U.S. Marine Air Corps, graduating as a second lieutenant. He was assigned as a dive bomber pilot, flying missions daily, dive-bombing, aerial gunnery, ground strafing and submarine patrol over the Atlantic coast. He was then transferred to the Pacific area against the Japanese and flew 55 combat missions. He was awarded two distinguished flying crosses, eight air medals, two Navy Unit commendations, the Atlantic/Pacific medal, the Philippine liberation medal and the American Theatre Medal. He was promoted to the rank of captain.

Continuing his education, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in marketing and advertising. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He worked at Frigidaire, General Motors and Aqua-Chem for 21 years as director of advertising and public relations. Over the years, he won numerous advertising awards, including a gold medal as producer/director of a technical history of Aqua-Chem, featuring Chet Huntley as company spokesman.

Over the years, Worth was active in Redemption Lutheran Church, serving on various boards, and he was currently a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Waukesha.

The family would like to thank everyone at Tamarack Place, especially Stephanie, for their loving care given to Worth. Stephanie was his "buddy."

Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the 1 p.m. service Thursday, March 18, at Grace Lutheran Church, 700 Beechwood Ave., Waukesha. Interment will be at Valhalla Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church in Worth’s name are appreciated.

Harder Funeral Home of Brookfield is serving the family. For more information, call 262-781-8350 or visit online at www.harderfuneralhome.com.