December 4, 2013


Robert E. Ware, 93, died peacefully at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at First United Methodist Church in Carroll with the Rev. Dennis Bailey officiating.

Burial will be in Carroll City Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Bob's grandchildren. Honorary casket bearers will be Dick Watson, Bill Wenck, Lou Hahn, Norbert Baumhover, Bill Vonnahme, Jean Lange, and Merle Hasenclever.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Friday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a time of sharing at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Saturday when visitation will resume. Online condolences may be left for Bob's family at

Bob was born Aug. 4, 1920, in Fort Madison, Iowa, the son of Oliver and Clara (Lange) Ware. He attended school in Denmark, Iowa, and graduated from Denmark High School in 1938. He enrolled in Iowa State College, Ames, majoring in dairy science and graduating in 1942.

Bob entered military service in 1942. He served in several branches, terminating in the Food Inspection Service of the Army Veterinary Corps. Bob and Mary Lou Springer were married in Ames on Aug. 8, 1944.

After military service Bob worked as manager of a dairy in Monmouth, Ill. In 1948 he joined Carroll Creamery Co., which became Lange's Dairy Products. Bob was instrumental in introducing homogenized milk to the Carroll area. He also was responsible for Lange's becoming the first dairy west of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to use the new system of handling milk with refrigerated stainless steel tanks. After the dairy was sold to Anderson Erickson in 1971, Bob worked for the Inheritance Tax Division of the State of Iowa for 10 years before retiring.

Bob was a member of Carroll Rotary Club for 23 years, the United Methodist Church, Trees Forever, Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy. Over a period of four years Bob planted more than 1,000 trees on land he owned near Ralston, Iowa. Bob and the late C.E. McIlwain were instrumental in introducing the Flower Project around Carroll in 1988. Many volunteers helped plant and tend plots around the city.

Bob enjoyed having daily coffee with friends, spending time with his family, gardening, conservation farming, baking bread, woodworking, and all things Iowa State University.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou, of Carroll; four children: Susan Gentilucci and her husband Richard of Glendale, Calif., Martha Eischeid and her husband John of Lincoln, Neb., Jonathan Ware and his wife Gail of Johnston, Iowa, and Robert Ware and wife Rebecca of Ankeny, Iowa; eight grandchildren: Kristen Gentilucci of Oakland, Calif., Stepahnie Eischeid of Lincoln, Neb., Nicholas Eischeid and his wife Leilani of Marina Del Rey, Calif., Megan Ware of Des Moines, Iowa, Leslie Ware of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Benjamin Ware of Lawrence, Kan., Adam Ware and his wife Markeyer of Oceanside, Calif., and Rachael Ware of Maryville, Mo.; two great-grandchildren: Marquist Gonzales and Zaryna Ware; one niece, Mary Elizabeth Huey of Cincinnati, Ohio; and three nephews, Matt Schon of Richmond, Va., and Jim and Bruce Hathaway, of the Washington, D.C., area.

Bob was preceded in death by two sisters, Genevieve Schon and Frances Hathaway.