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D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Pine Valley

1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Vern Donald Ward

May 18, 1926January 9, 2020
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Vern Donald Ward, 93, co-founder and CEO of Ward Corporation, passed away January 9, 2020. As his wife of 71 years, Marion, held his hand for the last earthly time, they completed their vows of marriage.

Born to the late Henry and Tessie (Lenex) Ward in Terre Haute, IN, on May 18, 1926, Vern, as a young boy living during the Great Depression—at age 7—began earning, and learning the value of working for a better life. He enlisted with the Navy during World War II, and trained as a pilot. Preparing for active duty when victory was declared, Vern was honorably discharged. He then graduated from Indiana State University with degrees in Mathematics and Science. In 1948, he married his sweetheart, Marion Christine Cole, and began teaching math in Milan, IN. They moved to Fort Wayne where he taught at Hillcrest School. In 1953, Vern and Marion joined her father’s machine shop, Cole Process Casting. Self-taught, Vern mastered the art of business and mechanical engineering, thus giving birth to their career and lifetime commitment to establishing Ward Corporation. Together, they helped countless families and opened their home to multiple people during their time of need. Vern’s contributions to the community were many: coaching Wildcat Baseball, Indiana Guides, Jaycees and Shiners. A skilled and avid golfer, he also enjoyed teaching his children the art of fishing and hunting.

Vern is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marion (Cole) Ward, sons Ron and Chris, daughters Beth (Ed) Rademaker, Mary Jo (Tim) Atkins, 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wendell Ward, and son Vern Donald Ward II.

Services will be Saturday 3:00 P.M. at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Visitation also on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Heartland Hospice, or First Presbyterian Church. To sign the online guestbook visit www.mccombandsons.com.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Calling Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Calling Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Preferred Memorials

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Charlie Ball

January 14, 2020

Vern was the greatest boss and a great friend to me and to my wife Linde. Rest In Peace,our thoughts and prayers are with Marion and all his family.

Dee Messman

January 13, 2020

Rick and I want to say sorry for the Family Loss. Vern was a very nice guy to us. We thought alot of Vern and his family. Our prayers are with the family through this difficult time.

Rick and Dee Messman

kathy wolfe

January 12, 2020

So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you Dave, Julie and all your family. Dick & Kathy

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