FORT WAYNE—Just as Fort Wayne makes history with the appointment of its first black police chief, the Summit City lost one of the police pioneers who helped set the stage for that first.
Willie Ware, 74, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Indianapolis with family by his side.
Born in Fort Wayne, he was a 1957 graduate of Central High School. In 1999, he retired from the Fort Wayne Police Department with more than 32 years of service. During the beginning of his service on the department, he was one of only a few black officers on the force, often working in the midst of the community in which he had grown up. A memorial wreath honoring his service was placed in One Summit Square.
Ware leaves behind his wife, Gertie Ware; daughters, Chandra (Michael A.) Ware-Brown and Kimberly (Marcus) Johnson-Dunbar; son, William Ware; and brother, Arthur (Marine) Ware Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Sr. and Melvin Ware; and siblings, Alphonzo Black, Bobby Ware, Hardy Ware Sr., Paul S. Ware, Delores McGilberry, Bettie Cox and Gladys Reed.
Services were Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Shiloh Baptist Church with burial in Covington Memorial Gardens.
Send condolences to www.ellisfh.com. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.