James “Jim” David Ward

January 24, 1939 ‒ February 28, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

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

  • “Jim” you will be missed dearly by so many of us. You were born a leader and so many of us looked up to you so many times for guidance or just for you to let us know that everything was just going to be alright . Heaven definitely gained a true angel. Life won’t be the same without you. We love and miss you already “Jim” .

  • Wow! You will be missed Jim. Rest In Peace my good friend. I still cry hearing “He stopped loving her today”!! Man, you could sing!!! Rest In Peace my friend.

  • To Dave, Jason and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this time of sadness. He was a wonderful man and father. May happy memories be with with you and carry you through. Hugs in thought.

  • We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.Chuck used to call him Roscoe all the time.Chuck has fond memories of Jim as Chucks girls were growing up.Chuck and I ran into Jim up in MarionOhio last summer at a gas station and stopped and talked for quite a while.He will be sadly missed.R.I.P. Roscoe. Chuck Davidson & Cindy Moore.

  • We are sad to hear Jim passed away. May God put his arms around you and bless you as only he alone can.
    We are in Flordia, but we will pray for all of you at this time of sorrow.
    We were very blessed to have known Jim.

  • We are sad to hear Jim passed away. May God put his arms around you and bless you as only he alone can.
    We are in Flordia, but we will pray for all of you at this time of sorrow.
    We were very blessed to have known Jim.

  • We had several years as classmates at Orange then Olentangy. After graduation, our paths went in different directions, but we reconnected at the reunions. I will miss not being able to do that in the future. Rest in Peace my friend. May God comfort your family in this their time of loss.

  • I have so many fond memories of Jim, from growing up as a child to an adult. My deepest sympathy to all of his children and family. May the good memories with him hold your heart during this time.

  • On behalf of Cub Scout Pack 108, Boy Scout Troop 108, and Venture Crew 108 please accept our Scouts deepest sympathies for your loss.

    Scoutmaster Ward has left a long lasting imprint on many young men in the Scouting world. I am honored to follow in his footsteps as Scoutmaster of Troop 108.

    The Scouts of the 108 family truly appreciate the service Scoutmaster Ward gave us and the legacy he left. He will forever be a part of us.

    Sincerely yours in Scouting,

    Rocky VanBrimmer
    Scoutmaster Troop 108
    Advisor Crew 108

  • Worked with Jim in Toledo many years ago, one of the most loyal, dedicated Troopers that I had the pleasure to know and work with. My sympathies to the family.

  • We were just notified of Jim’s passing and are very sad to hear this. Jim and I spent lots of time together when we were youths and I am very happy for that. Karen is glad to have seen him at all the class reunions and remembers him as the best round dancer in school. We know he is in God’s arms now.

  • Jim was my “coach” at Toledo 40 years ago. He was a bit of a rascal back then, but he taught me mostly the right way to do things and to work hard. Sorry to lose him so soon.

  • Dear Family of Jim Ward, I don’t know if you boys remember us but I’m Dale and Frieda Georges daughter Kathy. Your dad was a big part of my parents life while I was growing up. With mom at the Delaware Post working with him and dad having his insurance company in Marysville, and dabbled in the car business, all things associated with your dad. He loved going to mom and dads when they lived at the lake too. Your dad loved to go to the car auction with my dad and I think my dad is who got him hooked on the buying and selling aspect. Jim was “Good People” and I remember how he teased me and was so funny, always a smile on his face for me and mom!!! He would look me up every time he shopped in my stores. and when dad got sick Jim was right there making sure we were ok. We are so sorry for your loss and have you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We were classmates (1957) at Olentangy and played football there .I still remember the night Jim broke his leg in a game. I was blocking on that play and I still remember hearing the crack when his leg broke. Glad I got to see Jim at all the class reunions. Rest in peace Jim!!

  • my Sympathy goes out to the family of Jim of their loss. Jim love to drop by an auction, so we would run across one and other often and many times help one and other load the things we bought. He like to buy medical things, such as walkers canes , wheel chairs and donate them to the Council for older Adults, their in Delaware at that time. Saw him last at our 2012 class re-union. Will miss not seeing him around. God has a way of taking care of things. William Loop Jr

  • Thanks Jim for the many years we worked together. Will always remember your humor and the many times you helped me with the troops. Will miss you. 279.

  • Good by Jim,
    Sorry we won’t be sharing any more meals at The Hamburger Inn.
    I am sure Odin is waiting for you at Valhalla.
    I hope to see you there some day.
    Jack Lower

  • So sorry to hear of Jims passing. I only knew him in passing & times @ the Hamburger Inn. Always, always, such a gentleman, an all around “nice guy”! He’s in God’s arms now so let that be a comfort to his family. Sorry for your loss.
    Susan Slagle-Cochran

  • To the family of Jim I am so sorry for your loss. I went to high school with Jim and I will miss him dearly. Louella Williams (Davis)

  • To the Ward Family: With our sincere Condolences, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was a great guy and he will certainly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Sorry to hear of his passing. I worked with Jim at the Swanton Post, on the Ohio Turnpike and when he was at Toledo. Was a good friend.

  • God Speed Jim. Remember our early years together at Swanton and occasional Delaware meets.

  • Ward Boys,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. I just got in from our trip south today and heard about Jim from my son, Andy. I was at a loss for words when I found out. He was a very caring man and was proud of his family. He was also proud f his service in the Patrol and as a commissioner for the county. You all will be in my prayers. Sorry I missed the funeral.

  • Jim has always been a man of the people and I’m proud to have been his friend when he was OSP, when he was County Commissioner, and when he was a Dad-of-my-kids’-friend. He’s done a lot for this County, and we’ll all miss Jim.
    ~ Pete Ruffing, Delaware, Ohio