Charles Frederick “Rick” Ward

March 14, 1976 ‒ January 23, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

Charles Frederick “Rick” Ward, 38, of Delaware passed away at home on Friday evening January 23, 2015 after a lengthy illness and battle with cancer.

He attended Delaware Hayes High School and worked for many years dedicating his life to being a caregiver for those with special needs. Rick was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 376 of Delaware.

He is preceded in death by his Grandma and Grandpa Upperman, Grandma and Grandpa Higgins and Grandpa Baisden, aunts Phoebe Hamilton and Lora Gilfilen, uncle Oscar Baisden Jr. and nephew Timothy Ward.

Left to cherish his memory is his fiance’ Billie Pradier and her son Terry; his parents William F. and Linda Ward; brothers Gary (Jodi) Ward and William R. Ward; aunts Lola Baisden and Lisa Upperman; five nephews, numerous cousins and many friends.

In accordance with Rick’s wishes, he will be cremated.

A memorial service and celebration of Rick’s life will take place in the near future, on a date yet to be determined.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.

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  • In high school, Rick, Dave, Jesse and I were all inseparable. We met through a club at high school, “Club SPORT” to help other teenagers with special needs have friendships and companions through their high school years. Rick was such a good friend to everyone, especially to his close friends and the teenagers with special needs who he befriended.

    After several years we found each other again on Facebook and he was the same Rick I had remembered and loved. He was so special to everyone and he definitely held a place in my heart, even after all those years we didn’t talk.

    My condolences go out to Rick’s family and his fiancé and son.

    Fly high, Rick. Fly high. Your legacy will be continued and always lovingly remembered.

  • I’ve known rick for a long time. He was always so nice n a very awesome person. Wonderful kind hearted and a good friend to me… Fly high n rest easy my friend see you on the side..

  • I have always been a Michigan fan, and Big Rick would always be there to remind me just how bad that was……..gonna miss you big guy. heart goes out to all his family and friends. this is for you big guy……….O-H!!!!!!!!!