Ray R. Ward

Died: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 28, 2018
Location: Bauer Turner Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Aug. 29, 2018
Location: Beallsville Church of Christ

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Ray R. Ward, 96, of Malaga, Ohio, passed from this life Friday, August 24, 2018 at his home.  Ray was born in Cameron, Ohio, September 2, 1921, the son of Ernest and Glenna McMahon Ward.

Ray retired to the farm from  Ormet Corporation with over 30 years of service. At the time, he told the boys he “didn’t how he had time to work at Ormet and the farm”.  Ray was a Christian and a member of the Beallsville Church of Christ.
Proud to serve his country, Ray enlisted in the service in 1942, where he served in the 785th Air Force Unit until 1946.  Ray loved to share his many stories about his life experiences, family, and time spent while serving his country. Ray traveled with his family to many states to purchase and show Charolais cattle in the 1960s and 1970s, being among the first to raise Charolais in Ohio.  In the years that followed, he also raised registered Labrador retrievers, many of which found homes in several states.  Ray was among the first three to own a Vermeer baler, being an early adapter to the large round bales.  Always a gentleman, he was known for his energetic spirit, pleasant demeanor, and his cheerful smile.  Ray was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who set a wonderful example for his children and grandchildren.

Ray was preceded in death by his loving wife Gladys, April 21, 2018, whom he married October 22, 1950.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon and Roman, one sister Vera Baker, and brother in-laws Clyde Baker, Ralph Norris, Jim Pierce and Ruel (Bill) Pittman.    
Those left to cherish his memory are three sons, Dennis (Christina) Ward of Malaga, Dr. Nelson (Carol) Ward of Ringoes, New Jersey and Marvin (Donna) Ward of Malaga; seven grandchildren Amanda (Scott) Frank, Denny (Elizabeth) Ward,  Dr. Ashley Ward, Emily Ward, Dr. Nathan Ward (and his fiancé Katie Hall), Eric Ward and Cody Ward; five great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Gavin and Ava Frank, Kylie and Brock Ward; one brother Denver (Lorna) Ward, four sisters, Nellie (Junior) Nutt, Marcelene Norris, Carol Pittman and Lu Pierce and several nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

The family will receive friends and neighbors from 2 to 8 p.m. on August 28, 2018 at Bauer and Turner Funeral Home in  Woodsfield, Ohio.  Friends will also be received from 12 until time of service at 1 PM on August 29, 2018 at the Beallsville Church of Christ, 52125 Township Road 134, State Route 145, Beallsville, with Collin Morrison, Jeff Rich and Tom Butterfield officiating, Burial will then follow in the Bush Church Cemetery, Malaga.  Memorial contributions could be made to Bush Cemetery, c/o Paul Ferguson, 51048 S.R. 145, Jerusalem, Ohio 43747.

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Pandora Neuhart
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Ward Family, I know this has been an extremely trying 4 months-the passing of your Mother and now your Father. They were wonderful parents that raised 3 very successful men. The lessons they taught you will be with you the rest of your life. Ray and Gladie are now to-gether again. May God bring peace and comfort to all of you,
In christian Love, Pandora

Elaine and Larry Nutt
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
May God give your family inner peace and surround you all with his Holy presents during this time. Lovingly,

Jim&Betty Mercer
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Our deepest sympathy is expressed to the family. God Bless You.

Susan Maury Vance
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
So very sorry for your loss - Ray was a wonderful man - and I fondly remember seeing him throughout the years when visiting - he always had a big smile and something nice to say - he was a truly beautiful person.

Susan Maury Vancep

Charles Paine
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
My condolences to the Ward Family.

Mike, Julie & Corey Jones & Mary Parks
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Mr. Ward’s Family: We are sending our most sincere sympathy. We will be keeping each of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Arlene Caldwell & Trish Caldwell-Landsittel
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
We sure are going to miss your humor, "meeting up" @ funerals & hearing about that rug Gladys wanted @ "the" auction. RIP Ray

Nina and Tom Butterfield
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
Dearest family:

We are both saddened and elated at the passing of our brother in Christ, Ray Ward. Time alone can tell just how much he will be missed by the family, the church and the community. He was one special person, so we are saddened at your lost. But we are also elated that he could so soon catch up with Gladys - she didn't have long to await his joining her in a land so bright and fair.

We have only pleasant memories of our relationship with the entire Ward family, and these only grow deeper at times such as these.

If God wills it, we hope to be with you at the celebration of life on Wednesday in Beallsville. Please pray for us, just as we pray for you!

God bless,
Tom and Nina

Ella J Valentine
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
Dear Wards,

I am so very sorry. Prayers for peace and strength as you continue on. What a great sorrow to lose your dad so shortly after your mom. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Marlene Schneeberger Williamson
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
It’s been a long four months for you all losing both parents. I will always treasure the memories I have of those times spent with Gladys and Ray and you boys. They were great times for me. God bless you all and peace knowing your parents are in heaven. Love to all.

Karen and Ian Mckendry
   Posted Wed August 29, 2018
Dear Ward Family, our hearts go out to you as you grieve the kids of a previous father! Know that he has gained his crown in heaven.......God has said well done my good and faithful servant!

Carol Crooks and Family
   Posted Wed August 29, 2018
To the Ward Family...Please accept our sincere sympathy. May you find comfort with all your special memories and God's blessings.

Darrell & Debbie Craig
   Posted Fri August 31, 2018
Ward Family. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May he rest in peace.

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