COLUMBIANA - John Edwin Ward, 94, died at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Whispering Pines Village.
Mr. Ward was born June 19, 1918 in Columbiana, a son of John L. and Ola DeRhodes Ward and had lived in this area all of his life.
John was a farmer in this area and also drove school bus for East Palestine Schools for 20 years. He had served on the board of directors for the former State Savings and Loan of East Palestine where he also served as an appraiser. He was a member of East Fairfield United Methodist Church and served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He was also a member of Salem Area Scampers Camp Club, Mahoning Valley Draft Horse Association, Monday Nite Card Club, Unity Grange and a Life Member of Aiken Lodge No. 156 F and AM of Aiken, S.C. John was the recipient of Fairfield Ruritan Club's Farmer of the Year award.
His first wife, the former Ruth I. Saviers, whom he married, July 6, 1942, died July 1, 1998. His second wife, the former Dorothy A. Gibson, whom he married August 30, 2001, died February 9, 2012.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Roger) Farmer of Columbiana, his son, Jerry (Cheryl) Ward of Columbiana; his brother, Fred (Lillian) Ward of Columbiana; his grandchildren, John P. (Janice) Ward of Boardman, James T. Ward and Joseph D. Ward both of East Palestine, Lisa (Matthew) Fullerton and Amy (Rubin) Gladman both of Columbiana; and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Ann Ward and a sister, Ida (William) Engberg.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana with the Rev. Michael Namy officiating. Burial will follow in Columbiana Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Benjamin Firestone Post No. 290 Honor Guard. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Material tributes in John's memory may be made to East Fairfield United Methodist Church or Benjamin Firestone Post No. 290 American Legion.
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