James “Jim” David Ward
January 24, 1939 ‒ February 28, 2015
Former Delaware County Commissioner James David Ward, 76, passed away Saturday morning February 28, 2015 at the Delaware Court Health Care Center.
He was born January 24, 1939 in Tacoma Park, Maryland to the late Verle Strong Ward and Marjorie (Bell) Ward.
Jim graduated from Olentangy High School and then served his country as a member of the United States Air Force for 4 years. He later retired after 25 years as a trooper with the State of Ohio Highway Patrol, serving in Toledo and Delaware. He also received the Trooper of the Year Award in 1973. He then continued to serve the Delaware County community as a commissioner for 12 years.
Jim was a member of the Delaware Bible Church, VFW Post #3297, and former Elks Lodge #76, all of Delaware. He always had a love for cars and followed that passion by owning and operating Edge Motor Sales in Ashley and he was also an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. He also was a former scoutmaster for Troop #108 in Delaware when his sons were young.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons David, Jason and Aaron Ward, all of Delaware and Jimmy (Matilda) Ward, who is following in his father’s footsteps and is currently serving his country as a member of the United States Air Force in Germany; two grandchildren Nathaniel and Sarah; sisters Barbara Barrows of Delaware and Priscilla Jo Hicks of Missouri; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Thursday March 5th from 4 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Drive, Delaware and where funeral services will be held on Friday March 6th at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Green Mound Cemetery in Kilbourne with military honors conducted at graveside.
Contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Council for Older Adults or the Delaware County Veterans Association.
Condolences may be expressed to the family and memories may be shared by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com