Patrick A. ‘Pat’ Ward

February 15, 1952 ‒ April 28, 2015

Mount Gilead, Ohio

“One of the most likable men you’d ever meet,” who had an open door and an open heart, Patrick A. “Pat” Ward, died suddenly Tuesday evening, April 28, 2015, at the Morrow County Hospital. He was 63 years old and of Mount Gilead.

On February 15, 1952, Pat was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the oldest of five children of Phyllis (Ainsworth) Ward and the late Dan Alan Ward. In 1964, they moved as a family to Columbus, Ohio, when Pat was 12. He then graduated from Columbus Hilliard High School in the class of 1970, where he enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball.

Shortly after high school, 1971, Pat was set up on a blind date with Mary Sears from Bucyrus and the rest is history. Two years later, they were married on June 16, 1973.

Furthering his education, Pat attended one year at Capital University, then transferred to The Ohio State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Pat started his working career at Geyer’s in Mount Gilead and Galion, until he went with his friend Bobby Shaffer to help him with his store, Springmill Meats and Bakery. After several years with Bobby, Pat decided to follow his heart and opened Patrick’s Café in 1990, downtown Cardington, where he enjoyed every moment of serving and socializing with his customers. After 17 years of running his own restaurant he needed a change, and joined his son at Cardington Yutaka Industries.

Giving back to his community, Pat ran squad with the Morrow County EMS for many years, volunteered at Hopeline, was a member of the Mount Gilead Jaycees, and helped to found youth baseball and coach many of his son’s teams.

Loving the thrill of a game, Pat was always either playing or watching games of all types. The games he loved playing were poker and cribbage. He was a proud member of the COPL (Central Ohio Poker League), and Saturday was always poker night. The games he loved to watch, were anything his sons or grandsons played in, anything that involved The Ohio State Buckeyes, Green Bay Packers, and Wisconsin Badgers, Jeopardy (which he was a self proclaimed expert at), and Wheel of Fortune. Pat added musical theatre to the list of events he loved to attend as he began proudly watching his granddaughter in various plays. He was a “scratch off lottery enthusiast” and was the only one who truly got his monies worth. He would take an hour to scratch off a ticket. He took great pleasure in only spending $5 to have an hour’s worth of fun out of it. He also loved a good trip to a casino.

Pat and Mary’s door was always open. He accepted everyone as they were. Everyone was a friend to Pat and his family, unless you wore black and white stripes at a game…then he loved telling you how blind you were. Also ornery, Pat loved to tease and poke at you. His proudest achievement in life (other than his countless poker wins) was his family.  He cherished every moment spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, mother and his siblings.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Ward of Mount Gilead; three sons: AJ Ward of Mount Gilead, Trevor (Erin) Ward of Harrison, OH, and Jesse (Sarah) Ward of Delaware; seven adored grandchildren: Cierra, Cameron, Hayden, Jack, Tucker, Gavin and Mason Ward; his mother, Phyllis Ward of Powell, OH; three siblings: Dennis (Joan) Ward of Baltimore, OH, Nancy (Robert) Carson of Cardington, and Natalie (Carol Dodson) Ward of Corning, OH; a brother-in-law, Mick Wilson of Peachtree City, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his father, Pat was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Wilson.

His family will greet friends from 2 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 3rd, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, in the outdoor pavilion at the V.F.W. Post 8054, 4960 St. Rt. 61, Mount Gilead, with Pastor Ed Colegrove officiating. A meal for family and friends will follow at the V.F.W. Burial will be held later in Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pat Ward Memorial Fund, which will be used to benefit youth baseball and the livelihood of animals. They may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Pat’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • My heart goes out to each and every one of you. The sudden passing of our loved ones is so sureal…may you know that the love and comfort of so many friends and family bring you through this rough time ahead…though some may not know what to say or do just their presence there with you is all that you need at that very moment. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have of Pat throughout the years as I know we as friends will also..our hearts hurt as do yours. Our friends and their children grow with us through the years as part of our families to even if we don’t see them like we did when our kids were in school. If you need to talk call someone in the days, weeks, months ahead please do! I wish I had someone to talk to so many times when I lost Bill so suddenly or even if it was just for a hug!! Don’t keep silent and feel a “burden” if you ask a friend or loved one to come by…it’s needed…my love and thoughts are with you all and if you need a hug, talk or a shoulder to cry on CALL…With sincere love..Tammy Rehberg..
    (Charity Edwards and Bill Howells mom)

  • Mary and family, our hearts are hurting for you with the sudden passing of Pat. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers be with you and your family during your time of sorrow. Pat was a wonderful person. He will be dearly missed.

  • To all of Pat’s family: We are shocked and saddened to hear of Pat’s death. He was a kind, happy man who loved his family and his community. May God bless you as you mourn. Know that Pat touched the lives of many, and we are better people because we knew him.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. So sorry for your loss Mary.

  • The Brooke family is so sorry for the loss of Pat. We will pray for God to wrap his arms around your family at this time Mary. He will be missed.

  • Mary, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. So very sorry your loss. Sherry and Jim Seckel

  • Mary,

    There really are no words to express how sad I am for you and your family. Please hug the boys for me.


  • I am so sorry for your loss . Pat was a great loving man. I will miss him dearly. My prayers are with the family may the lord wrap his comforting arms around you in this time of need.

  • So sorry for your loss Mary. How unexpected. Pat said “glad you got to see me” on his way out the door Tuesday night. I couldn’t believe when we heard the news Wednesday morning. Keeping you and the boys in our thoughts and prayers.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Pat’s sudden death like Skip’s. His humor and friendliness will be greatly missed. Love, Marilyn Turner

  • Sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. Mary, you and the family are in ours prayers. May you find peace, comfort and the strength to see you through this time.

  • Mary, AJ, Trevor, and Jessie…I have keep up on you all through the years, mostly from another friend or on Facebook and lately with Royce working with Pat and AJ. Pat will be missed in the community not just by family. He always had a smile and would help anyone and I don’t think he knew a stranger. I keep thinking I myself will wake up and this was all a bad dream. Just know that everyone in the Mounts Family is praying for you all. God Bless you all.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons and family during this time of sorrow. God Bless You All.

  • AJ and Ward family, We were so shocked to hear about Pat. We’ve known all of you since Pat was Anna’s boss at Geyers years ago. Pat was the same pleasent guy everytime you saw and talked to him. We are hoping that time and good memories will help ease your pain at this time. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Mike & Anna Beam

  • Natalie and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find peace, comfort and the strength to see you through this time.

  • Mary and boys, so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find strength and peace from God through this difficult time. Remember all the wonderful times you had with him. They will carry you through!

  • Mary, Kim passed along the sad news of Pat’s passing. My sympathy to you and your family.

  • A.J. and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss, your father always had a smile on his face. I remember talking to him after finding out that you were his son. I was teasing him about how ornery you were as a child. He just smiled . His face always beamed when he would talk about his family. He was very proud of his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Carol McCutchen

  • Mary, AJ, Trevor, and Jesse,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Pat was such a great man. He was always genuine and devoted to everything he was involved with. Throughout my years of growing up in MG, I have many fond memories of Pat. From early sporting events, to hanging out at the house because it was a good place to be, to visiting the restaurant and he would always come out and have a conversation. Pat will be missed.

  • So sorry to hear about Pat. Charlie and I remember Pat at the resturant and when I deliver the mail at yutaka I would seen him. Always had a smile on his face and was so friendly. Prays with his family.

  • Mary, AJ,Trevor, & Jessie Wow what a shock. Sorry for your loss, but thanks for sharing Pat with so many. Pat was a great T ball coach. His love of sports touched so many young people. Nathan, Matt and myself have great memories of those good old days. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Kathy

  • My thoughts and prayers are with this wonderful family. May your soul be filled with the love from all of your friends and family that cherish being a small part of the Ward Family. God Bless.

  • Mary and boys, I have many fond memories of Pat. I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • We will always remember Pat as a kind and fun loving person. We have such great memories of your visit to our house with the Bucyrus gang. Our heart felt sympathy to you and your sons.
    Love , Kathy and Tom and family

  • Mary and family so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and my heart goes out to you

  • Mary So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Pat may be gone but our memories will always be with us.

  • All of us are so sorry about this huge loss to the family. We hold all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mary and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Pat. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time while sending strength and love your way.

  • Our prayers are with you and your family. May God give you peace and comfort.

  • So Sorry for you loss, he was always so nice to me.. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • My prayers go out to loved ones. Pat was such a great man, I feel honored to have known him. God be with loved ones through this tough time.

  • We were so sorry to find out about Pat. We will
    always remember Pat at the boys ball games and his quick witted remarks to the umps.
    May you find strength that our prayers are with you Mary and the boys through this difficult time.

  • I used to work for Pat years ago at Patrick’s. So sorry for your loss.

  • Mary and family: We are sending you a big hug. No words can say how deeply saddened we are for your loss. May you and your family find strength and comfort.
    Love Craig and Sherrie

  • Mary, I am so sorry for the sudden loss of Pat. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  • RIP, cousin Pat. I have fond memories of you and all the cousins from family reunions and weddings. The first time I ever flew on an airplane was to Columbus for the wedding. Your family and friends are in my thoughts, as you are loved and will be missed. Love, Yvonne

  • Mary & family,

    Dad & I are sorry to learn of the great loss of Pat. He was certainly the Pillar of your family. Always enjoyed the chance to talk with Pat no matter where our paths seem to cross. We will contine to keep your family in our thoughts & prayers in the days ahead. Your neighbors The Hoffmans: Herb, Tim & Tyler.

  • Dear Mary, A.J., Trevor, Jesse and Family … Extending each of you my deepest sympathy on the death of Pat. He will be fondly remembered and I can’t think of him without a smile. He had a tremendous heart he always shared with others. Many good memories of baseball teams he coached, and conversations at Mount Gilead Athletic events. You will all be in my prayers.

  • My deepest sympathies to the entire Ward Family. Pat was such a nice man. Prayers to all of you.

  • Though we didn’t see much of our Ohio cousins in my childhood, getting together with them at reunions was always a treat. My first time on a plane was to go to Patrick’s wedding in Ohio many moons ago. He will be dearly missed.

  • Dear Mary and Family, Thoughts and prayers be with you now and the days ahead. Sometimes life can appear unfair but we must put our faith in GOD and believe that HE always knows what is best. Pat was a very special man, loved by all. He has definitely left his mark in the world and in our hearts. He will never be forgotten. This earth was so blessed to have had him for the past 63 years but all wish it could have been so much longer.

  • On behalf of the class of 1970 of Hilliard High school our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and his family. We are celebrating our 45th class reunion this year and we will lovingly remember him and his football playing days at Hilliard and being a wonderful person. May peace and grace cover the family and friends of Pat.

  • We are sorry to hear of the loss of Pat. He was a great guy! Our prayers and condolences to his children, wife and family as they proceed through these trying times. Keep faith in the Lord and stay strong as a family.

  • I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Mary and Family, Such a shock to hear about your loss of Pat. Ben and I have been reminiscing about our days at Hilliard with him and all his accomplishments on the ball field, court and in school. He was always a fun person to be around. How surprised was I to find out he was also in Mt. Gilead when he came to pick up first grader Jesse one day at school. It is a small world and much of it is mourning his untimely passage. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dear Mary and Family,
    Sandy and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bob and Sandy Laipply

  • Phyllis and family and Mary and family, we share your sorrow. Patrick, the oldest grandson in our Ainsworth clan, and one we all loved. I do not believe we ever saw him without a smile on his face. Well maybe when he fell out of Grandma and Grandpa’s tree and broke his arm. Maybe it will help if all can remember all the good times, good memories. Rest in peace Pat. Love, Herb and Crys

  • Iam so sorry for your loss ;;my heart goes out to you and your family ;;Anita;”s friend ;;Sandy

  • Mary,
    Liz called and left a message and we returned to town just this evening. I am going to try and attend the service tomorrow, but if I don’t make it know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. While it is hard to lose someone so young and quick, I hope you find some peace in knowing he did not suffer. You will be together again someday.


  • Mary
    So so to hear of your loss. It is hard when they leave us so suddenly/Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. God Bless you with the comfort that only he can give.

  • Our heart goes out to the Ward family at the sudden and too soon death of Pat.
    Likable, he certainly was, and a good story teller, too!

    Our love and sympathy for your huge loss,

    Bud and Audrey