Gene Ware, 91, left this world on January 31, 2018. He was born . Howard Gene Ware on October 14, 1926, to David Clark Ware and Dora M. (Smith) Ware at a homestead in the Mound Valley area of northeast Oklahoma.
He was the second of eight children. He is survived by his brother, Ben Ware and family of Wynona, Oklahoma; his two daughters, Elaine Ware of Denver, Colorado, and Amy Hadley of Wichita, Kansas; three grandchildren, Robert Wells of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, William Wells (Megan) of Wichita, Kansas, and Alexandria Chesney (Brandon), of Olathe, Kansas; and one great-granddaughter. He is also survived by numerous ‘nieces, nephews and cousins.
He graduated from Wynona High School in 1944, served in the Army and graduated college from Oklahoma A&M (now known as Oklahoma State University).
He returned to the Wynona area and began working at the First National Bank of Hominy in early 1950’s. He married Mary Ann Dunlap in 1956 and both daughters were born in Wynona. He left the Hominy/Wynona area in 1966 and moved his family to:Muskogee, Oklahoma.where he worked at the Veteran’s Association. He assisted young men returning from the Vietnam War qualify for benefits. Gene returned to Hominy in 1969 and to the First National Bank. He stayed there for the remainder of his life with his loving companion and wonderful friend to his family, Jane Johnson, of Wynona, Ok, who preceded him in death in 2011. He was a long-time member of the Masonic Lodge serving as Grand Master, an ombudsman for the Hominy Nursing Home, active in the Senior Citizen’s Center of Hominy, a member of the Missouri Foxtrotters’ Association. He continued to raise chickens, rabbits and horses until his placement in the Claremore Veterans’ Nursing Home in 2016. He also was an avid sports fan and attended Hominy Bucks footbaLL and basketball games for over 40 years.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.