Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - Columbus

4071 Macon Road, Columbus, GA


Robert John Ward

September 10, 1965October 1, 2019

The Ward family has sadly lost a valued member of their forever family. Robert John Ward, 54, passed away on October 1st, 2019. His beloved mother, Doris Nell Ward; his sister, Lisa Carol Burger and his grandson Hayden Kasey Ward, preceded him in death. He is survived by his father, Roger John Ward; the mother of his children, Doris Elena Ortiz-Ward; his children, Elena Cagle, Rachel Ward, Samuel Ward, Sara Sturtz, John Ward, Ivy Ward; eight grandchildren and his nephew, Christopher Burger.

Robert leaves behind a lasting legacy of self-reliance, a love of car restoration and the simple joy of working with his hands. He was the proud owner of Family Auto Care, for more than 15 years and what cars he couldn't fix in the shop he brought home to work on with all the love and attention he could. He also leaves behind a lasting legacy of love in the form of his children and grandchildren. We love you Daddy and will see you again.

Funeral services will be Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 am in the Mill Room of Striffler-Hamby, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus GA 31907 with Reverend Mike Reeves officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00 PM at Striffler-Hamby.


  • Roger John Ward, Father
  • Doris Elena Ortiz-Ward, Previous Spouse
  • Elena Cagle, Daughter
  • Rachel Ward, Daughter
  • Samuel Ward, Son
  • Sara Sturtz, Daughter
  • John Ward, Son
  • Ivy Ward, Daughter
  • Doris Nell Ward, Mother (deceased)
  • Lisa Carol Burger, Sister (deceased)
  • Hayden Kasey Ward, Grandson (deceased)
  • Mr. Ward also leaves behind eight grandchildren, other extended relatives and friends to cherish his loving memory.


  • Visitation for Family and Friends Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Funeral Services Saturday, October 5, 2019


Robert John Ward

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Marsha Baldwin

October 10, 2019

So many good memories of my next door neighbor, friend, confidant, and and all around great guy. I will miss our talks on the porch and him driving up the driveway with a different vehicle each day!! I always had to count the cars to see if he was home! I won't have to worry if I don't see him now because I know he is safe and out of pain but there will always be an emptiness surrounding me. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Rest in peace, dear friend.

Lori & Roger Conner

October 5, 2019

All I can think about are the laughs and good times spent at Dee and Roberts house. My prayers are with the entire family and Robert will be missed but never forgotten.
Lori and Roger

Lindsay Weldon

October 4, 2019

There are so many memories I could share about Uncle Robert. You and Aunt Dee were always my go to. My happy place on Vultee Drive where so many of my best times were spent. You had my back no matter what and I could always call on you no matter what time or where I was. You’re presence in my life will never be forgotten. Sending all my love and prayers!

Gene Weldon

October 4, 2019

A lot of great memories hanging out with Uncle Robert! Working in the back yard, working on cars, little projects! He was always fun to hang with and an example of a Hard worker for me. I’ll never forget him fixing a car of mine after it got flooded in down town Columbus. Water shooting out of the engine and Uncle Robert got it running like a top again! Prayers to the whole family! - Gene, Megan, and the kids

Heather Jones

October 4, 2019

Thank you for being a safe haven growing up. Most of my memories from my childhood come from your family and household. Sending thoughts and prayers for your sweet family.

Carol Austin

October 3, 2019

I’m going to miss seeing you at Marsha’s house. You always had a wonderful sense of humor. You made us laugh so much. We’re gonna miss you❤️

Patricia Griffin

October 2, 2019

Going to miss that smile and sense of humor. Rest in Peace. You will be missed dearly. Prayers and condolences for the family.