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Gary A. Ward

September 12, 1940 September 12, 2020
Gary A. Ward
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Gary A. Ward passed away surrounded by his family on his 80th birthday, September 12, 2020. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to Phyllis A. (nee’ Martin) Ward, loving father of Martin G. Ward, and dear brother of Linda (Joe) Werth, and will also be missed by his nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Esther Ward, a son, Terry Scott Ward, and two siblings, Sylvia and Johnny Ward.
Gary joined the Ohio National Guard in 1958 as a senior in high school at 17 years old. He was in Company B, 147th Infantry Division, Buckeye Division. He joined as a Private and went to Basic Training, then Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Jackson, SC. He went from Private to PFC for 2 months, then was promoted to Specialist 4th Class. He qualified Expert on M1 Rifle, 45 Caliber Pistol, Browning Automatic Rifle, and 30 Caliber Machine Gun.
Gary was then promoted to Corporal, was a Fire Team Leader; then promoted to Sgt. E5 and became Squad Leader in the Rifle Squad before being promoted yet again to Platoon Leader as an E5. He was then recommended for Officer’s Candidate School from which he graduated as 2nd Lieutenant Infantry and became Infantry Platoon Leader. He transferred to Weapons Platoon, which consisted of 81 MM Mortars and 106 Recoilless Rifles (anti-tank). Next, he became Reconnaissance Platoon Leader and would have operated behind enemy lines.
He was promoted to 1st Lt. and commanded Heavy Mortars of Combat Support Company. There he became Executive Officer of C Company 147th Infantry. After this, Gary was promoted to Captain and became Company Commander of B Company, 147th Infantry. From there he became Company Commander of Combat Support which consisted of Scout Platoon, Anti-Tank Platoon, Red-eye Air Defense, Heavy Mortar Platoon and Communication platoon. He served a total of 15 years.
Gary has worked as a Policeman, an EMT and Fireman in Batavia, OH, and an International Sales Manager in the Metal Finishing Industry, travelling in Europe, Asia, US, Canada, and Mexico. He was a member of Faith Church in Milford, OH and attended Bible Baptist College in Springfield, MO. He loved History, both local and abroad.
A Funeral Service will be held at Craver Riggs Funeral Home, 529 Main St., Milford, OH on Thursday,
September 17, 2020 at 6 PM, where family and friends will be received from 4 PM until the hour of service. A Committal Service will take place at Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, OH on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10 AM. If desired, family requests memorial contributions be directed in Gary’s honor to Heartland Hospice at cincinnati@heartlandhospice.com or 3960 Red Bank Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227. Please share memories at craver-riggs.com

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Visitation

Thursday

17

Sep

4:00 PM 9/17/2020 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 9/17/2020 6:00:00 PM
Craver Riggs Funeral Home and Crematory

529 Main St.
Milford, OH 45150

Craver Riggs Funeral Home and Crematory
529 Main St. Milford 45150 OH
United States

Funeral Service

Thursday

17

Sep

6:00 PM 9/17/2020 6:00:00 PM
Craver Riggs Funeral Home and Crematory

529 Main St.
Milford, OH 45150

Craver Riggs Funeral Home and Crematory
529 Main St. Milford 45150 OH
United States

Burial

Friday

18

Sep

10:00 AM 9/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
Newtown Cemetery

3541 Round Bottom Rd.
Newtown, OH 45244

Newtown Cemetery
3541 Round Bottom Rd. Newtown 45244 OH
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Newtown Cemetery Final Resting Place

3541 Round Bottom Rd.
Newtown, OH 45244

3541 Round Bottom Rd. Newtown 45244 OH
United States

Memorial Contribution

Heartland Hospice

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