D.C. Ware

Donal Clifford “D.C.” Ware, 85, longtime resident of Ray, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in a Williston nursing home.

Don was born Jan. 29, 1928, in Camden-on-Gauley, W. Va., the son of Clifford and Minnie Thelma (Snider) Ware. In his young life he worked in the coal mines and in the sawmill in West Virginia.

He was drafted into the Army and served in Korea during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in September 1952.

On Oct. 24, 1953, Don married Viola Ann Hoeschen at Sacred Heart Church in Freeport, Minn. They moved to Ray, where they raised 4 beautiful children. Don worked in the oil fields and drove truck for Northern Tank Lines and then started a post and pole company which he operated until his retirement. He was known to many, all over western North Dakota and eastern Montana, as the “Christmas Tree guy.” For most of his working days, he ran a Christmas tree stand at the Family Thrift Center in Williston. Don also raised Quarter Horses and was a lifelong member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

He survived by: his loving wife, Viola; his four children, Cynthia Ann (Tom) Sailer, Washburn, Jeffrey Alan Ware (Jay Jansen), Fargo, Bruce Gregory (Amy) Ware, of Ashley, and Karla Jean Ware, Kettle Falls, Wash.; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, James (Diane) Ware, Pine City, Minn., Shelly Ware, of Casper, Wyo., and Claude (Doris) Ware, of Douglas, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Minnie Thelma; sisters, Jenny, Wanda and Shirley; and sister-in-law, Mary “Tootsie.”

Don’s funeral service is scheduled for: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, Ray.

Visitation and rosary prayer service: Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.. followed by a rosary prayer service, both in the church.

Burial: Will be in Highland Cemetery, Ray.

Online condolences may be shared at (www.springanfuneralhome.com).

(Springan Funeral Home, Stanley)