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Orren Albert Ware, 81, of Columbia City, passed away 4:40 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born May 27, 1930 in Huntington, he was the son of Albert E. and Martha May (Hartman) Ware.
Raised in Huntington County, he graduated with the Class of 1948 from Bippus High School.
On May 29, 1949 he married Deloris May Geeting in Whitley County where he and his wife established their home.
A general farmer, he also worked for Rupleyâ€™s Farm Equipment for 25 years. He was a founding member and served with 30-plus years for the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department.
In his spare time, he enjoyed cards, dominoes, word search puzzles and camping where he was a former member of the Good Sam Club, Jayco Camping Club and Wagon Rascals Camping Group.
Since 1993, he and his wife wintered in Silver Springs, Fla.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Deloris Ware; daughters, Carol Ann (Richard) Ness, Connie Sue (Timothy) Denihan and Marcia Kay Watkins all of Columbia City; grandchildren, Phillip Orren (Angela) Ness and Derek Adam (Jamie) Ness both of Columbia City, Meredith Elaine Watkins and Jennifer Michelle Watkins both of Fort Wayne; step-grandchildren, William Joseph Denihan and Katharine Denihan, both of Fort Worth, Texas; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Nicole and Nathaniel Orren Ness, Chyenne Courtney Mossburg all of Columbia City; brother, Wayne (Eva Dean) Ware of Fort Wayne; sister-in-law, Joan Ware of Marion. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Hugh Ware, sisters, Donna Jean Gage and Laura May Burtrum, grandson, Jason Carl Ness, and son-in-law, Roger L. Overholser.
Visitation is Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Funeral service is Monday 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Johnson of Oak Grove Church of God officiating. Burial will follow at Beech Grove Cemetery, 300 West, Huntington.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Ware to the Washington Township Fire Department.
Envelopes will be availabe at the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.