Richard E. Ward, 82, of Carey, died at 3:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at his residence.
He was born Monday, Sept. 20, 1926, in Wharton, to Earl O. and Madelon (Bristoll) Ward. Married June 5, 1949, he and his wife, Rosemary (Bakies) Ward, recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. She survives in Carey.
Also surviving are four children, Carol (Michael) O'Reilly of Carey, Roger (Pamela) Ward of Carey, Deborah (Dana) Barnes of Cheyenne, Wyo., and JoAnn (Michael) Blair of Carey; 10 grandchildren, Evan Ward, Jamie Puckett, Kathleen O'Reilly, Jennifer Sharp, Kara Ward, Richard O'Reilly, Stacy Barnes, Natalie Phoenix, Matthew Barnes and Corbin Blair; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Marybelle McCarley of Upper Sandusky; and a sister-in-law, Violet "Dolly" Ward of Upper Sandusky.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Cleve, Russell, Howard and James Ward; and two sisters, Fairy Ward and Madelon "Dolly" Tucker.
Richard was a plumber, retiring in 1991 from Dunbar Mechanical Inc. after 15 years of employment. He was a member of Local 50 of Toledo for 33 years. Prior to that, he worked for and later co-owned J.F. Dible Co. in Carey.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of many civic organizations in the Carey area. He graduated from Carey High School in 1944.
An avid sports fan, Richard enjoyed football, bowling, harness racing, golfing, card playing and fishing.
Friends will be received 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at the funeral home with the Rev. J.R. Hadnagy OFM Conv. officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery in Carey with military graveside rites conducted by the Carey American Legion and VFW Color Guard.
Memorials may be made to O.L.C. Trojan Boosters Association or Bridge Home Health and Hospice in care of Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey, OH 43316.
Online condolences may be sent to www.StombaughBatton.com.