Charles E. “Chuck” Ward

September 07, 1930 ‒ January 17, 2008

Waldo, Ohio

Charles E. “Chuck” Ward, age 77, of Waldo, went to be with the Lord on Thursday afternoon, January 17, 2008, following a brief battle with brain cancer.

On September 7, 1930, Charles was born in Waldo, to the late John and Gertrude (Augenstein) Ward. He attended Waldo High School, where he played on the basketball team.

In 1952, Chuck was drafted into the U.S. Navy, he served during the Korean Conflict.

Shortly following his discharge from the Navy, Chuck married his loving wife, Delores Jividen Ward, on December 1, 1956 in Richmond, Indiana. They recently celebrated their golden anniversary together at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. As often as they could, Chuck and Dee enjoyed “eating out” at their many favorite restaurants, and shopping at any mall they could find.

Hard working by nature, Chuck worked side-by-side with his brother, Jim, at Ohigro in Waldo. Many days he could be seen driving semi, hauling fertilizer, all throughout the state.

A lifelong resident of Waldo, Chuck was a lifelong member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he held numerous leadership positions and was a Sunday School Superintendent. Also, he was a 50 year member of the American Legion Post #605 in Waldo.

Competitive by nature, Chuck enjoyed playing softball with his son, Tom, on the Ohigro Team, and played until he was nearing 50. Later, he coached his daughter and granddaughter on the Waldo PALS Softball Team, a team that “never lost.”

With a passion for lawn care, Chuck ensured there would be no weeds in “Wardsville,” Waldo Western Road, where he greeted everyone with a wave and a big smile. He was meticulous in caring for his yard and others.

An avid golfer, Chuck played on the Monday and Friday night leagues at Kings Mill Golf Course, and enjoyed teaching his grandson, Jorden, a lesson or two when he joined him.

Always there for his grandchildren, Chuck loved watching them play in sporting events and he was the first to volunteer to baby sit his two great-granddaughters.

Known for his “big smile” and contagious laughter, Chuck brightened the lives of everyone around him. He truly loved life, and will be remembered for his ornery nature, playfully pushing his friends and families buttons to get a laugh.

“A heart of gold,” Chuck helped every one he could along his life’s path, especially his wife who he has dearly cared for for many years.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Pam (John) Seiter of Waldo; two sons: Tom (Jomi) Ward of Jeffersonville, and Terry (Beth) Ward of Marion; six grandchildren: Tina, Cory, Braeden, and Griffin Ward, Tara (Matt) Gist, and Jorden Seiter; two great-granddaughters: Rylea & Reghan Gist; one brother, James Ward of Waldo; and two sisters: Anna Mae Reiff of Waldo, and Lucille Miller of Cardington.

In addition to his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by his brother, Johnny Ward, sister-in-law, Mildred Ward, and two brothers-in-law: Eldon Reiff and William Miller.

His family will greet friends on Sunday from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. A celebration of life service will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waldo. Burial with military honors will follow in Waldo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 Main Street, Waldo, Ohio 43356.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.