In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association.
Melvin E. Ware, age 74, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Community Care Center, with his loving wife, Glenda (Smith-Weatherly), of 27 years, by his side.
He was born on August 10, 1942, in Nevada, MO, to the late Delbert “Eldo” and Clara E. (Watkins) Ware. Melvin graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1960, where he was recruited for baseball and football scholarships to the College of Emporia in Kansas.
In the early 1970's, Melvin worked for Owens Illinois Corrugated Box Co. which moved his family from Missouri, to Ohio and then to Tennessee. In June 1979, Melvin moved his young family back to Missouri and in November, moved them to the farm on county line. At that time, he started working for Dairy Concepts, until his retirement in February, 2005.
On October 13, 1989, Melvin and Glenda married and the two lived on the farm for 22 years.
He loved sports, especially baseball: either playing it, listening to it, or on the rare occasion- watching from the stands. Melvin also loved animals, especially dogs. He and Glenda bred miniature dachshunds after retirement for a few years.
In 2015, Melvin fought a skin disorder that took a toll on his mind and body, from which he never fully recovered.
Surviving are wife Glenda; daughters Jena Rains (Jim) and Jill Askin (Clay); step-children Jim Weatherly (Michael) and Angi Dahmer (Shane); twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, with one due in August; Uncle Richard Watkins (Donna); and several cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents and his older brother Raymond Merle Ware, who died at birth.
Funeral services for Melvin Ware were held Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Ron Marsh and John Koch officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were: Davis Worthington, Andrew Worthington, Ben Beaman, Gage Weatherly, Thomas McClure, Amber Askin, Shawn McClure and Reed McClure. Honorary pallbearers were: Glenn Tuder, Richard Watkins, Forest Troyer, Eldon Steward, Don Laughlin, Derek Askin, Ken Watkins, Scott Watkins, and Dennis Watkins.