He was born Jan. 18, 1920, in Greenup, Ill., to Clarence M. and Clara Marie (Kirkling) Ward. Mr. Ward joined the United States Army in 1944. He served in Japan, during WWII, and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1946. Clarence was united in Marriage to Ruth Girton, June 5, 1940. He worked as a conductor on the Pennsylvania Rail Road retiring in 1982.
He and his wife, Ruth, loved to square dance with their friends. Along with square dancing, he loved to play his harmonica and guitar for his family. His many hobbies included gardening, horseshoes, bowling, feeding his catfish, and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruth Ward, and a son Richard Ward, brothers Leon Ward and Eldon Ward.
He is survived by a son Max and Jackie Ward, daughter-in-law Barbara Ward, grandchildren Renee Sabla and husband Martin, Lisa Kaelber and husband Donnie, Bryan Ward and wife Fe, Jonathan Ward and wife Jamie, great-grandchildren Shaylee Ward, Danica Neier, Megan Neier, Brayton Kaelber, Landon Kaelber, Jayda Ward and Jaylyn Ward and great-great-granddaughters Miabella Neier, as well as many nieces and nephews and extended family members.
Services for Mr. Ward will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Doug Parkey officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery with military services provided by the American Legion Post 2, VFW Post 1127 as well as members of the United States Army. Visitation will be Saturday, at the funeral home, from 11 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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