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Harold E. Ware

Harold E. Ware, 88, of Bluffton, IN, and with ties to Huntington, IN, died Friday, June 25, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Ware attended Huntington High School. He worked at Rhodes Market in Bluffton, Estey Piano Factory, Corning Glass and at Heyerly’s Market.  

He was born on March 23, 1933, in Huntington, to Raymond and Mary Ware. He married Bonnie L. Smeltzer on April 5, 1952. She survives in Bluffton.

Additional survivors include two children, Harold E. (Linda) Ware, Jr. of Wapakoneta, OH, and Karen S. (Booth) Myers, of Bluffton; three siblings, Janet (Lund) Barkley and Doris Brumbaugh, both of Huntington, and Esther Denton; six grandchildren, Angela Ware, Shelley Ware, Jennifer Booth, Kelli Booth and Christy Troxel; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Bradley Ware.

Calling will take place on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 3 to 8 p.m., at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.

There will be no formal service. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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