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Grant Emerson Ward

October 13, 1957December 18, 2019

Grant Emerson Ward, 62, passed away December 18, 2019. He was born in Mount Ayr, Iowa, October 13, 1957, the son of Dale and Sandra (Dymond) Ward. Grant was a 1975 graduate of Truman High School in Independence, MO. After serving briefly in the United States Marines Corps, he attended Graceland and Northwest Missouri State University. He held numerous IT manager and director positions with various companies such as B/E Aerospace, Cisco Systems and Sumtotal Systems earning him recognition as Cisco’s IT Manager of the Year in 2012. At home, Grant enjoyed working with model trains and personal computers. In the latter phases of his life, he was aided in his “pursuit of happiness” by his good friends Erma Martin of Gahanna, Mike Mahaffey of Columbus and Kat Gencur of Galloway who he considered part of his extended family. Grant was preceded in death by his father, Dale F. Ward, sister Wendy (Ward) Eaton, his first wife of 20 years, Melissa (Bradshaw) Ward and his mother-in-law Jeanne E. Cate. Grant is survived by his wife, Patricia (Cate) Ward of 16 years, his stepson, Lucas J. Bagetis, both of Delaware, OH, mother Sandra J. Cline of Independence, MO, brother, Kyle F. Ward (wife, Elisabeth) of Geneva, Switzerland, 3 nieces, one nephew and two great nieces. Grant wanted memorial donations to go to the American Kidney Fund, c/o In the memory of Grant E. Ward, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville MD 20852. A private service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Crouse-Kauber-Fraley Funeral Home in Johnstown, OH is honored to be serving the family.


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Peer Plaut

January 15, 2020

I came to work for Grant in my mid forties. If he is not the best manager I ever had he is certainly number 1. ;) Seriously though, I spent the rest of my work career trying to emulate his management style. Never coming close.
He lay the foundation of my future work success.

May you rest in peace and pain free my friend. The world lost a great man!

Alan Chan

December 30, 2019

Grant had been my manager for a few years. He was a great mentor to me and supported my career anyway he can. I'm gonna miss him and forever appreciate what he did for me.

Nancy Swanberg

December 22, 2019

When Grant and Trisha moved to Galena, Ohio in 2012, they attended a First Friday Mainstreet event in Delaware where it was my privilege to recruit them into the square dance world. Grant adored Trisha and together they made life-long friends with the Little Brown Jug Club and hundreds of other square dancers in Central Ohio. Even when Grant could no longer dance he audited LBJ's books annually and supported Trisha's vice-presidency, later escorting her at the 2017 Central Ohio Honoree Dance. It was an honor to know this jolly giant and he will truly be missed on this earth. May Jesus welcome him with opened arms.

Kat Gencur

December 21, 2019

I enjoy taking trips to the drs or even to the grocery store because grant always was a funny guy with a sense of humor. I really enjoyed helping him cook . Too bad he didn't get a chance to have one of his jumbo hot dogs.....trisha will have to eat a few for him. Will miss you .

Andy Broer

December 21, 2019

Grant was a peer manager of mine at Cisco. He was always admired for his management skills that won him manager of the year in 2012. But aside from that he was always cheerful with a ready smile and had great stories to tell and entertain as well as teach. He was a wonderful mentor and leader. He will be missed. Rest in peace Grant.

Debbie Day

December 20, 2019

Trisha I am so very sorry to hear of Grant's passing. It sounds like he was a smart man with a kind heart. I send you much love and peace to you and Lucas. Love always.. Debbie

Forrest Foster

December 20, 2019

I worked for Grant for about 2 years at Cisco. He was a fantastic mentor, and key supporter for my career development. We took on many great challenges during our time together, built a team from scratch, and drove some huge projects into execution that are still in place today (the job roles, the people, and the business processes). We had a wonderful business trip to China that included a day off where we took a guided tour through Shanghai. I last communicated with Grant about a year ago, where he once again was supportive and encouraging of me. I cherish the memories, and am so grateful to have had known and worked for him. RIP Grant!

Kenneth Ferguson

December 20, 2019

I worked with Grant for a few years at Cisco. We had a friendly rivalry over Nebraska Football. He was great to see each week in the football season and talk about what went well for each of our teams. He was a very nice man who cared for his team as people. He will be missed. I will keep Grant and his family in my thoughts. Very Sorry for your loss, Rest well Grant.

Scott Gill

December 20, 2019

I was between jobs at Cisco and worked for Grant for a whole week before moving to another group :-) We continued to work in the same workspace though and I had daily interactions with him. He was a very nice and dedicated man and I'm sad to hear that he passed. Please pass along my condolences to the family.

Louis Iverson

December 20, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Grant was a terrific human being and Margaret and I so enjoyed being in the same square dancing class as Trish and Grant. Many great memories associated with that! Grant had a heart of gold. May God surround you now and provide you the strength needed at this time!
Love, Louis and Margaret Iverson