Robert Ward 1934-2016
Robert Wellington Ward, age 82, a resident of Valley, WA, passed away on November 25, 2016, in Spokane, WA, following a battle with cancer. Bob was born on March 10, 1934, in Dayton, OH, the son of Raymond and Bess Ward.
Bob graduated from Dayton’s Northridge High School in 1952, where he attended grades 1 through 12 in the same building. Following his graduation he went to work as an apprentice machinist for Brinkman Tool and Die. In 1953 he joined the US Army and served three years. He was stationed at the Yakima, Washington Firing Center. While attending a dance in April of 1956, Bob met his future wife, Delores Watson. They dated through the summer and were married on September 8, 1956.
Following his discharge from the Army, the couple moved to Dayton, OH, for a short time, but returned to Yakima, WA, where Bob was employed as a machinist for Dakota Brothers Irrigation for 15 years. Their son Anthony was born in 1957 and their daughter Pam in 1960.
The family moved to Auburn, WA, in 1973 and Bob began working for Young Corporation where he was employed for the remainder of his career as a machinist.
When both of their children moved to Chewelah, WA, in the early 1980s, Bob and Delores purchased acreage in Valley with plans to relocate there after retirement, which they did in 1999. Bob served as a greeter and deacon for many years at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chewelah, WA.
Growing up in the flatlands of Ohio, Bob learned to love the outdoors and the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. He enjoyed gardening, camping, visiting Mt. Rainier, hiking, hunting, fishing, backpacking and motorcycles. Bob began hunting out of necessity after his discharge from the Army and it became one of his favorite activities for the remainder of his life. Bob’s hunting “claim to fame” was a 435-yard shot while hunting in Idaho, witnessed by his son and nephew.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Bess, brother Raymond, and sister Joanne. He is survived by his wife Delores at the home; two children, Anthony Ward and his wife Lisa of Colville, WA; Pam Holmes and her husband Tim of Bluecreek, WA; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; siblings Jimmy Ward and his wife Margaret of Dayton, OH; and David Ward of Dayton OH.
The memorial service was held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the Seventh-day Adventist church in Chewelah, WA. Spokane Cremation and Funeral Service was entrusted with the arrangements.