William H. Ward III
August 20, 1953 – January 5, 2020
William was born August 20, 1953, and passed January 5, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Margaret and William Ward. William is survived by his sister, Monica Salazar, niece Kristina Salazar, stepsisters Karen Sheldon and Valerie Wallace and his extended Olympia family.
William was born in Germany where he was adopted by his mother and father. His family moved to Olympia, Washington. William attended North Thurston High School, graduating class of 1972. Following graduation, William joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at McCord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Washington. He spent time traveling throughout Europe and later settled in San Francisco, California before moving to Washington D.C. and making his home in Silver Spring, Maryland.
William was a senior budget analyst at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. In 2008, William transferred to United States Army Medical Unit – Kenya, remaining there until 2013. William loved Nairobi and Kenya, South Africa and considered it home. He was looking forward to returning and seeing his many friends.
William loved books and reading about history, government and politics. He was passionate about travel and made lifelong friends in every corner of the world. He enjoyed golf, a game his mother also loved, and playing bridge with friends. William loved to sing. William sang in his church choir and simply for pleasure – he had a beautiful voice. William loved the opera. He and friends would make a weekend of taking the train to New York City and attending the Metropolitan Opera. William was an active Maryland Terrapin basketball fan, a San Francisco 49ers football fan – often joking with his Seattle friends about who would win the Super Bowl. You would also hear him say, Go Army, beat Navy! And he was a Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan.
We will remember William for his contagious laughter and smile, his quick wit and devilish humor and his love of life, family and friends. He was thoughtful, honest and kind. He made everyone feel like family. We should all live like William!
Graveside service, Saturday, February 15th, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
Mills & Mills Funeral Home & Memorial Park
Reception to follow at Eagles Landing Clubhouse, 2257 E. Eagle Ln. SW, Tumwater
- Graveside Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
- Reception Saturday, February 15, 2020
- William H. Ward, III
William H. Ward III
Margaret (Peggy) Lucas
February 15, 2020
I am going to miss my Gerino cousin so very much. We had gotten so very close over the last years and had made plans for the upcoming years. I remember the times we were all together at Aunt Helens and in Ohio with Aunt Peg. I will never forget you my friend. You were a great man and a great friend. Love you always.
February 14, 2020
goodbye bill... I have known your whole family since the good old days of always golfing and being competitive even as teenagers. I remember peg being so proud of you and always showing me pictures. it is sad to think I wont hear your strong laughter anymore.
February 13, 2020
William was a valuable work colleague and someone I considered a great friend for 20+ years. His love of life, smile, laughter, and kind manner were some of his most notable traits. Work wise, William was definitely a “go to” guy. He was always willing to help anyone with anything. He loved WRAIR and its mission.
Prayers for peace and comfort to all of his friends in the DC area, Washington state, and all over the world during this difficult time.
I truly miss him and feel cheated not to have been able to say goodbye. But I know he would have wanted it this way if he had a choice. Until we meet again my dear friend...