John Benton Ware, 66, passed away at his home early Sunday morning, while comforted by family. He was an amazing dad who loved his family, and worked hard to show them how to live a life pleasing to God, and did so by example.
John was born in Henderson, Nev. and grew up with a love for life and living it to the fullest. He was always involved in sports and was an all-star baseball and basketball player at Basic High School, setting school records in his day. He was able to go to Northern Arizona University for academics and baseball, served time in the National Guard, was awarded the honor to belong to the Governor’s Twenty, and finished his bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma Christian University.
John was a teacher and coach for several years, but ultimately spent his career as a salesman in the automotive industry. He worked for Monroe Shocks and Struts for over 20 years, and most recently retired from Beams Seatbelts. He loved working hard, enjoyed those he worked with, and always appreciated the support his coworkers provided him during his battle with cancer.
John worked hard for his family, never selfish, always showing a spirit of perseverance and discipline. He was a people person, and will be remembered for his story-telling ability, his inability to “make a long story short,” but also his desire to listen to others and make them feel important. He loved watching sports with his friends and family, taking trips to the lake, and Braum’s ice cream.
His battle with cancer was a long one…one he fought diligently and with the utmost courage. His family is grateful for the example he provided, the memories he created, and for holding on as long as he could.
John was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence Walter and Ruth Etta Ware, and infant brother Charles Ware.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 35 years, Virginia, son Ryan (wife Meredith and grandchildren Blake and Graham), daughter Melissa Dodson (husband Bart), sister Phylis McWherter, sister Betty Lou Ware, and brother Dean (wife Linda). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their spouses and families. He loved them all dearly.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Memorial Road Church of Christ. Graveside services will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to: American Cancer Society, Patrick F Taylor Hope Lodge, 2609 River Road, New Orleans, LA 70121 or the Memorial Road Church of Christ, Prison Ministry, 2221 E. Memorial Road, Edmond, OK 73013.
Services are under the Direction of Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, OK.