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Brantley Funeral Home

6875 Cockrum Street, Olive Branch, MS

OBITUARY

George Edward Ward, Jr.

April 21, 1940July 16, 2020
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George Edward Ward, Jr., of Byhalia Mississippi, passed away from this life Thursday July 16, 2020. He was 80 years old. George was born April 21, 1940 in Inkster North Dakota to George Edward Ward, Sr. and Marie Hosna Ward.

At the age of one, George moved with his family to Larimore, North Dakota where he was raised. In 1959, George graduated from Larimore high school where he had met his sweetheart Janet Stromswold. George and Janet were married on Valentine’s Day, 1959, and remained married more than 61 years. George and Janet had two children, Mardell (Mardi) and Quentin.

While still in Larimore, George worked construction in the Minuteman Missiles and Road building. He joined the Operating Engineers in 1961 and remained a life member. In 1967, George went to Vietnam as a civil servant heavy equipment operating instructor. Janet and his children remained in McCanna, North Dakota until George returned, July 1968.

In 1969, George and his family left North Dakota to begin a journey with George working around the Southern United States as a heavy equipment operator and later becoming a mechanic specializing in paving equipment. George’s employment took the family to Nashville, Michigan in 1971 where they remained for thirteen years. After the children were grown, George and Janet traveled in their motorhome. In 2000, they settled in Byhalia Mississippi while George continued to work, mostly in Missouri, until he retired in December 2013. George enjoyed having his family around him and working on his old tractors. He was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran church.

Along with his parents, George was preceded in death by two sisters Marilyn Anderson and Patty Ward. He is survived by his wife Janet Stromswold Ward, daughter Mardi Holm (Jerry), son Quentin Ward (Denyse), six grandchildren: Ashley Holladay (Jason), Tyler Holm, Tanner Holm, Emily Ward, John Ward, Ali Donnelly (Frank), and three great-grandchildren: Lily, Kenny, and Ruby.

Memorial Services will be 10:00am Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Brantley Funeral Home with a catered reception to follow.

  • FAMILY

  • George Edward Ward, Sr. and Marie Hosna Ward, Parents (deceased)
  • Marilyn Anderson, Sister (deceased)
  • Patty Ward, Sister (deceased)
  • Janet Stromswold Ward, Wife
  • Mardi Holm (Jerry), Daughter
  • Quentin Ward (Denyse), Son
  • Ashley Holladay (Jason), Grandchild
  • Tyler Holm, Grandchild
  • Tanner Holm, Grandchild
  • Emily Ward, Grandchild
  • John Ward, Grandchild
  • Ali Donnelly (Frank), Grandchild
  • Lily, Kenny, and Ruby, Great Grandchildren

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

Memories

George Edward Ward, Jr.

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Rod Thorsell

July 23, 2020

Georgie Porgie puddin and pie!
I remember saying that every time we would meet up at the McCanna Elevator hauling grain. We would line our tractor or truck Up and then run to the pop machine for A dime 7 up.
Later in High School choir was a hoot, Ag was interesting and life was cheerful and fun with George around.
As we went our ways we didn’t see each other much but it was old home week when we did.
I saw him for the last time in March when George and Janet stopped to see us in Mesa. I will miss you dear friend!
Rod

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Biography

George Edward Ward, Jr., of Byhalia Mississippi, passed away from this life Thursday July 16, 2020. He was 80 years old. George was born April 21, 1940 in Inkster North Dakota to George Edward Ward, Sr. and Marie Hosna Ward.

At the age of one, George moved with his family to Larimore, North Dakota where he was raised. In 1959, George graduated from Larimore high school where he had met his sweetheart Janet Stromswold. George and Janet were married on Valentine’s Day, 1959, and remained married more than 61 years. George and Janet had two children, Mardell (Mardi) and Quentin.

While still in Larimore, George worked construction in the Minuteman Missiles and Road building. He joined the Operating Engineers in 1961 and remained a life member. In 1967, George went to Vietnam as a civil servant heavy equipment operating instructor. Janet and his children remained in McCanna, North Dakota until George returned, July 1968.

In 1969, George and his family left North Dakota to begin a journey with George working around the Southern United States as a heavy equipment operator and later becoming a mechanic specializing in paving equipment. George’s employment took the family to Nashville, Michigan in 1971 where they remained for thirteen years. After the children were grown, George and Janet traveled in their motorhome. In 2000, they settled in Byhalia Mississippi while George continued to work, mostly in Missouri, until he retired in December 2013. George enjoyed having his family around him and working on his old tractors. He was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran church.

Along with his parents, George was preceded in death by two sisters Marilyn Anderson and Patty Ward. He is survived by his wife Janet Stromswold Ward, daughter Mardi Holm (Jerry), son Quentin Ward (Denyse), six grandchildren: Ashley Holladay (Jason), Tyler Holm, Tanner Holm, Emily Ward, John Ward, Ali Donnelly (Frank), and three great-grandchildren: Lily, Kenny, and Ruby.

Memorial Services will be 10:00am Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Brantley Funeral Home with a catered reception to follow.