Owen Miles Ward
October 19, 1925 – July 10, 2018
Owen M. Ward, age 92 of Naples Florida, passed away on July 10th, 2018.
He was born October 19, 1925 in Montpelier Vermont. He was the son of Kenneth Hiram Ward and Florence Miles Ward of Moretown, Vermont. Owen attended The New Hampton School in New Hampshire. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Management at Syracuse University.
Owen grew up destined to be involved with the family lumber business. Ward Lumber Company was founded by his great grandfather Hiram Ward in 1872. His grandfather Burton S. Ward painstakingly built the business despite fires, floods and the Great Depression. Owen’s mother and father died at a young age and Owen eventually assumed management of the business in partnership with his cousin Holly Ward, who passed away recently. They were like brothers and modernized the company while it grew into a significant business. They represent a past era of tough New England lumbermen.
Owen was predeceased by his younger brother, Wyman Ward, of Granby, CT in June 2013. Owen and Wyman, along with their wives, Virginia and Dorothy, were fortunate to enjoy their retirements together by traveling extensively around the world experiencing new adventures.
Owen became a prominent member of the community in Vermont. He was on the board of Chittenden Trust Company, one of the largest banks in Vermont at that time. He was on the board of the New England Counsel of Forestry in Boston. He was also a faithful member of the Moretown Methodist Church, as were all the generations of Wards before him. When he retired to Naples, Florida he owned and operated Owen M. Ward Realty.
Owen was a World War II veteran and served in the Air Force as a pilot and an aerial gunner on a B-29 Bomber. He enjoyed sports and played football and was captain of his baseball team at New Hampton. Later in life he enjoyed playing tennis in Naples with his wife Jean. When Jean died of breast cancer at the age of 59 he remarried Virginia May of Naples. After both sadly lost their spouses, they continued to enjoy their lives and their mutual enjoyment of tennis at the Naples Beach & Tennis Club in Naples, where they met. Owen became a meaningful addition to Virginia’s family and greatly enjoyed the time he spent with Virginia’s daughter Sherri and her two children Alisha and Christopher who also lived in Naples.
Owen and Jean had four children, Kenneth Ward of Hartford CT, Sandra (John) Owler of Naples FL, Whitney Ward (Vicki) of Vail CO and Shelley (Bob) Becker of Golden CO. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, and too many great grandchildren to count, and the number is still growing! Owen’s children and grandchildren will always remember his discipline and integrity, as well as his quick wit and sense of humor and his devotion to his family.
There will be a Commemorative Service and luncheon held at Hodges Funeral Home in Naples, FL on Thursday, July 19 at 11:00.
There is also an Interment of Ashes ceremony tentatively set for 10:00 Thursday, August 23rd at the Duxbury Cemetery in Duxbury Vermont where his ashes will be laid to rest.
Memorial Donations can be made to the Moretown Methodist Church, PO Box 516, Moretown, VT 05660.
- Commemorative Service and Luncheon Thursday, July 19, 2018
Owen Miles Ward
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July 21, 2018
I remember your dad l was in school with Kenny an sandi in moretown elementary school when the family was living there so sorry about your dad an your mom which I didn’t know about my sister was Linda Norris