Robert Ware

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Robert H. Ware, 89
MUSKEGON, Mich. - Robert H. Ware, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 29, 2017. He was born March 12, 1928, in Hampden, Maine, to Vernon and Ruth (Sparrow) Ware.
Bob graduated from Hampden High School, class of 1946. He married Charlotte Sawyer in 1947. They settled in Greenville, then, in 1954 moved to the Bangor-Brewer area where he worked as a draftsman for the Great Northern Paper Company.
For several years in the mid-fifties, Bob and wife Charlotte were licensed foster parents by Maine's Department of Family and Social Services. They served as foster parents for infants released from the hospital awaiting adoption. The couple also enjoyed trips to Washington D.C., San Francisco, Hawaii, and many family get-togethers back in Greenville. The family moved to Southern Maine in 1965, when Robert was hired as an Asst. Store Engineer by Miliken Tomlinson. They resided in Yarmouth and later in Falmouth.
Starting in the early 1980's, Bob carried out store engineering duties for Super Value Grocers, continuing for many years prior to his retirement. Technical Sergeant Ware also served as a Graphics Specialist in the 101st Fighter Interceptor Wing of the Maine Air National Guard for 22 years, from 1954 to 1976.
Robert later married Loraine Hardy in 1983. They resided in the greater Portland area until her death in 2010. Live theater, casino trips around New England, trips to Florida, and experiencing Maine's vast ocean playgrounds were favorite retirement pastimes. Bob enjoyed doing architectural and interior design work, and as a self-taught artist worked in the arts commercially, including mural painting, sign painting and design, and editorial cartooning. Painting in oils and acrylics filled his later retirement years, bringing him great enjoyment as he worked closely with fellow artist, stepdaughter Diane. Additional hobbies included photography and golf.
In May of 2016, Bob moved to Muskegon, Mich. to be closer to his son and family. He and son Jim spent a great deal of time together, taking in the beauty of the Lake Michigan coast and its many summer festivals and activities. Family activities gave "Bumpa" the opportunity to quickly establish close relationships with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the area. The move to Michigan was a blessing to all involved.
Bob was a kind and loving father, always focused on family, never too busy to stop and play catch with his son. He was a hard worker, possessing a sharp mind and skilled hands. Bob was loved by all who knew him, and will be deeply missed.
Robert is survived by his former wife, Charlotte Kimble; his son James (Colleen), son-in-law Boyd Tankersley, stepdaughter Diane Deragon (Raoul), stepdaughter Janice Hardy, stepson Sherman Hardy Jr.; and many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Ruth Ware; his wife Loraine Ware, two brothers, Harold Ware and Linwood Ware; two daughters, infant Lou Ann Ware and Linda Jean (Ware) (Cobb) Tankersley, and stepson Robert Hardy.
A private family memorial will be help at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Life Change Church, 3084 Whitehall Road, Muskegon, Mich., 49445. Inurnment will take place at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Maine.Arrangements by Ever Rest Funeral Home and Chapel. Please share memories with the family at www.everrestfuneralhomeandchapel.com.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 3, 2017
Robert Henry Ware
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