OBITUARY FOR JOHN WARD
John G. Ward was born August 9, 1932, in Fork Mountain, Tennessee, to Herbert Estes and Margie Mae McCartt Ward. He died Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in Owasso, Oklahoma, at the age of 84 years. John was a veteran of the armed forces having served his country honorably with the United States Army during the Korean War. He was an expert marksman and was also a prisoner of war for nearly three years. He was married October 14, 1953, in Angola, Indiana, to Dorothy Bernice West. John spent most of his working life as a data processing manager. He was faithful to his church and had served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed a variety of pastimes including hunting, fishing, working in his garden, and horseback riding. He also enjoyed sports and had even coached Pop Warner football. He and Dorothy had made their home in Owasso since 2003. He will be remembered as a man who did so much against all odds.
Loving family members include:
His wife of over 63 years of the home; Dorothy
Two daughters and sons-in-law;
Debbie and Mike Pence, of Victorville, California
Donna and Mark Crain, of Collinsville, Oklahoma
Four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren
Two brothers and sisters-in-law;
Oscar and Shirley Ward, of Waterford, Michigan
Jack and Charlys Ward, of Monticello, Kentucky
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, John H. Ward, Sr., granddaughter, Rachael Dobyns, and two sisters.
Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at the Mowery Funeral Service Chapel in Owasso with Pastor Leonard Pirtle officiating. Serving as casket bearers will be Mike Pence, Mark Crain, Jim Gorman, Jr., John Ward, Jr., Michael Pence, Jr., and Anthony Pence, Sr. Committal service and interment will follow at Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery in Owasso. The family requests memorial contributions be made in John’s name to the Folds of Honor Foundation, 5800 North Patriot Drive, Owasso, Oklahoma, 74055 or the Disabled American Veterans, 3131 East Pine Street, Tulsa, OK 74101. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.
One day we will ride again.you were my hero as a child many many fond memories with my aunt, uncle and cousins. I love you all
— Mickey carl west, Friday – January 13, 2017
Well Pop, the long farewell has at last arrived. We knew it to be inevitable, the natural progression of life and (as people say) is as it should be be.
While all of those are true, the parting is no less sorrow filled.
You were also my hero as a child. I was always proud of you, honored to be your daughter.
Thank you for teaching me how to do life. Thank you for taking me on my first date when I was 16. Thank you for making sure I knew Jesus. Thank you for serving us all so well.
I miss you already. I love you. Cant wait to go on that ride with you and Mickey Carl.
Your baby daughter ,
— Donna Crain, Friday – January 13, 2017
— , Saturday – January 14, 2017
I’m so glad I had the pleasure of meeting your father, husband,grandfather. He was a very gentle and kind man. I will keep your family in my prayers, I’m sorry for your loss but so thankful for the promise that you will be seeing him again someday in heaven
— Linda Warren, Saturday – January 14, 2017
May God watch over and be with you during this difficult time. Sorry for the loss of a wonderful man, beloved father and husband.
— Patty Hutsell, Saturday – January 14, 2017
No goodbye’s Uncle John, just an Until we meet again. Love you.
— Faith Prior, Saturday – January 14, 2017
You will be greatly missed uncle Johnny, I will never forget you and how you always made me feel so loved and so special, you had such a calming and comfortable presence about you. With much love from all of us in northern Michigan, Shawna, donevan Silas, Billy, Tina, John ,stormy, jackson,Michael,Nova,serina,ruegger and haven Ward
— shawna donevan and silas Ward, Saturday – January 14, 2017
So very sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.
— Turrah Ghorley, Saturday – January 14, 2017
My Dearest Uncle John, a great man has gone home. I love you and am grateful for your faith and influence in my life. Hug my momma for me. Love NoNo!
— Norma Miller Leonardi, Saturday – January 14, 2017
uncle john, you are always, going to be loved and rememberd by me, you were so loving and kind to my brother and me,all the family outings to the desert, shooting horned toads, and varmits. man what a shot you were, teaching us to ride horses, getting on us when we goofed up, showing me how to clean chickens, you are and alway’s will be king of the cowboys to me!!!
— james west, Saturday – January 14, 2017
you were one great brother in law, family man, and freind, you will always be missed, and forever in my memories and heart, i love you- faye
— faye west, Sunday – January 15, 2017
Speaking about the Lord, the writer of Psalm 116 said that He has “delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (v8-9). You reminded me of this truth whenever we spoke, and now you are walking before the Lord in the land of the living. One day I will be there with you and we can continue those conversations that will need to wait for a short time. As you have said, until we meet again in heaven. Love you papaw!
— Mike (Willie Bill) Pence, Monday – January 16, 2017
Thank you for always treating me as one of your own. I hope you have found that perfect water and are catching some big ones, keep an eye out for the mama cows. I do believe we will fish together again someday. Until then, rest in piece papa john
— Mike Pence sr, Wednesday – January 18, 2017
I will always be grateful for the lessons I learned from you. You didn’t just talk the talk but your life was an example of what you believe. You taught me of the love and forgiveness of our Savior Jesus Christ. I miss all the this times we prayed together. How you held me as a teen when my heart was broke. The memories we shared over the years. My most treasured memories are the early mornings having coffe and talking of family and always our talks turned to God. When I would head home you always said “If I’m not here on your next visit I will see you in heaven. I live you more Bugga.” I love you Pop and always will.
— Debbie Pence , Wednesday – January 18, 2017
Mowery Funeral Service Chapel
9110 N. Garnett Road
Owasso, OK 74055
Tuesday – January 17, 2017
Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery
Highway 20, East of Highway 169
Owasso, OK 74055
Tuesday – January 17, 2017
Memorial donations may be made in memory of John Ward to:
Folds of Honor Foundation
5800 North Patriot Drive
Owasso, OK 74055
Disabled American Veterans
3131 East Pine Street
Tulsa, OK 74101