Mr. Leo Paul Ware, 90, a resident of North Brandenburg St. in Belington, went home to be with his Lord and savior Jesus Christ at 5:28 a.m, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Colonial Place nursing facility at Elkins with his loving son and daughter-in-law by his side. He had been in declining health for the past several months.
He was born April 9, 1923, at Belington, a son of the late Howard and Eva Pearl (Browning) Ware.
On June 28, 1942, he was united in marriage, at Belington, to the late former June Durrett. They had celebrated 70 years of marriage, and she preceded him in death Feb. 16, 2013.
Mr. Ware is survived by one son, Gary P. Ware and wife, Linda, of Belington; one sister, Barbara Sturm and husband, Jerry, of Porterwood; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ware of Belington and Pauline Loar of Belington; and a brother-in-law, George "Bert" Loar of Alliance, Ohio. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Loar; one brother, William Ware; and his stepmother, Kerm Ware, who raised Leo from the age of 4.
Mr. Ware attended the schools of Barbour County and during World War II he worked in Baltimore, Md. building airplanes for the United States Armed Forces. He was formerly employed by his Uncle Ray Ware in Belington and was a former partner with Laurel Mountain Inc. in Belington. Leo was owner of Leo P. Ware and Son molding and dimension mill in Belington which he operated from the early 1970s until his retirement in 1996. There Leo worked alongside of his wife, June, and son, Gary. He was a member of Concord United Methodist Church near Belington and will be remembered for the great knowledge of wood working and wood working machinery.
Those who knew him, loved him and will always have a special memory of him in their heart.
Friends will be received at Talbott Funeral Home, 56 N. Brandenburg St. in Belington from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, and again Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m., the funeral hour, when final rites will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. James "Oz" Gray officiating. Interment will follow in Concord Cemetery near Belington.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to the Concord United Methodist Church in care of Brian Poling, P.O. Box 231, Belington, WV 26250. Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Leo Paul Ware. Condolences can be made to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.com.