Funeral service for Bill Ward, 91, of Lawton will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 8th and Lee Church of Christ with Donnie Ward officiating.
Mr. Ward passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Lawton.
A private family burial will be held at Highland Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
There will be a special viewing and visitation for family and friends on Sunday, March 10, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Bill was born on February 7, 1927, in Lawton, Oklahoma to Finis Waldo and Nellie Angeline (Sims) Ward. He grew up in Lawton where he attended Lawton High School, serving as Senior Class President. After graduating in 1945, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in World War II. He then worked for Wertz Produce and delivered to The Old South Cafeteria, where he met the love of his life, Jaunita Faye Pointer. They were married on January 15, 1948, in Lawton. They lived for a short time in Madera, California, returning to Lawton where Bill worked for Wertz Produce again and PSO before beginning his career as a police officer for the Lawton Police Department, riding a three-wheel motorcycle working downtown traffic and later moving to the patrol division. In 1988, he retired as a Major after 32 years of service. While working at the police department, he also had many part time jobs so that Jaunita could be at home with the children, such as working security at Doe Doe Park and the Lawton Speedway, and dipping ice cream at LaSill's Ice Cream Parlor. He and Jaunita traveled throughout their lives to many places. Jaunita passed away on January 12, 2010. Bill was an active member of the 8th and Lee Church of Christ where he served as a deacon and elder for many years. He loved dogs of all kinds, and they loved him.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Sandy Ward, of Duncan, OK and Donnie and Janice Ward, of Lawton; his daughter and son-in-law, Anita Carol "Sissy" and Jerry Brown, of Lawton; brother-in-law, Bill Davis, of Paris, TX; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Dr. Chris and Melissa Ward, Corey Ward, Janna and Dr. Travis Montgomery, Zack and Megan Ward, Jeremiah and Paige Brown, Dr. Sam and Crislyn Ward, Amanda and Andrew Smith; 11 great grandchildren, Cassie Ward, Cami Ward, Caden Ward, Candace Ward, Joel Ward, Braden Brown, Wyatt Ward, Amalee Smith, Emery Ward, Axton Smith, and Andersyn Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jaunita Faye Ward; and his sisters, Margie Ann Davis and Carla Sue Patton.