Minister John R. Ware, Jr


Minister John R. Ware, Jr. was born on February 26, 1936 in Columbus, Ohio. He was the son of the late John and Opal Ware. Minister Ware went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 20, 2023 while at home with his loving wife and family by his side.

Minister Ware has always been a hard-working man. In 1967, while living in Detroit, he was of the first managers at Chrysler. He retired in 1985, after suffering a serious injury after moving back to Columbus.

Minister Ware worked at the Columbus Airport for 22 years as a supervisor and shuttle driver. In 1992, he sold Stacey Adams shoes and even ran his own shoe store which he named after his wife, Laura Shoe Company.

Minister Ware began a new life in July 1986, when he surrendered his life to the Lord. At New Life Apostolic Church, he served there faithfully as a Van Driver, Sunday School Teacher, Brotherhood President, assisted with accounting and directed the trauma center.

Minister Ware became a Deacon and was called to the ministry. In 2005, led by the Lord, he and his wife moved their membership to Grace Apostolic Church where he worked in many capacities, such as Chairman of the Brotherhood, Greeter, and Parking Lot Security.

Minister Ware was preceded in death by his parents, John and Opal Ware; son, Brian Ware; daughter, Crystal Ware; and brother, Benjamin Henry Ware.

Minister Ware leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted and loving wife, Laura Ware; sons, Robert (Jackie) Ware and Michael (Maria) Ware; brother, Louis Ware; sisters, Patricia Bolden and Estelle Madison; and a host of nephews, nieces and grandchildren as well as great grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Minister John Ware will truly be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him and his smile was infectious.

Visitation 11:00am and Funeral 12:00pm Monday, January 30, 2023 at Grace Apostolic Church, 1743 E. Lakeview Ave.

Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Years ago Minister Ware conducted Bible Study at my apartment complex, The Village @ Ottawa Ridge. He was a good teacher and came regularly. I appreciated his service.

  2. Sister Diana Lockett

    I will never forget this dear brother. He always had a praise for God and an encouraging word for his family in Christ. Rest in the loving arms of God my brother in Christ… To the Ware family..I pray for your comfort during this difficult times. May you feel the love of God as you adjust to this new normal. Stay strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. I love you all.

  3. Love and prayers to the family.Minister John was a faithful and devoted servant of the Lord. Sister Laura may you always cherish the memories and love you built together.God be with you ❤️

  4. Prayers goes out to the family of Mr. Ware. Mr. Ware was a kind and faithful man of God. He always had kind words to say. Laura, God Got You.

  5. I have known this family for many years. Had homeroom for 3 years with Brian, and met Sister Rita and her family, who started coming to our church in the 70s. Went to church with Minister Ware and Laura at New Life. He used to sell shoes to my husband. Hold to God’s unchanging hand. Build your hope on things eternal.

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