OBITUARY

Cecil Roy Ward

June 10, 1947April 5, 2019
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BUHL - Cecil Roy Ward, 71, of Buhl, Idaho passed away on April 5, 2019 at his home with loved ones nearby.

Cecil was born on June 10, 1947 in Murdo, South Dakota to Wallace and Elizabeth (Sturdevant) Ward. He graduated from high school in Walla Walla, Washington in 1965. Cecil served in the Army from 1967-1970. He went on to graduate from Rick’s College with an Associate’s Degree of Arts in 1971. He then went on to graduate from Lewis & Clark State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Technology in 1988. He also graduated from the College of Southern Idaho with an Associate’s Degree of Science in 1988. After that he received his Master’s Degree in Education from Idaho State University in 1991.

Cecil developed many skills in diverse trades. His most recent and most rewarding career opportunity was working with kids as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation counselor. Cecil worked with kids in the Twin Falls, Filer and Cassia County school districts and was an English teacher in China. Prior to working with children, he worked at Tri C, Inc, was a professor at Idaho State University and the College of Southern Idaho, worked as an education facilitator at Boise Cascade and managed production at Gaylord Containers. He owned and operated Feathers Plus Bird Farm and the restaurant, Paul Idaho Steak House.

His hobbies were baking, raising exotic animals, being with his grandchildren, watching classic movies and inspiring people. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of the Idaho Life Long Learning Association.

Cecil is survived by his six brothers: Lynn Ward, Bruce (Wanda) Ward, Lance Ward, Steve Ward, Terry Ward and Kevin Ward; his six daughters: Shauna (Sam) Harvey, Daya (Tim) Andree, Christina Fennell, Kathern (Jeffrie) Mason, Victoria (Jaime) Thurber and Veronica (Warren) Woodward; and 17 1/2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Deep Creek Ward, 1001 Fair Ave, in Buhl with burial at 3 p.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery, 1645 E. 16th Street in Burley.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at White Mortuary “Chapel by the Park,” 136 4th Ave E, in Twin Falls.

Condolences, memories and photos can be shared online at www.whitemortuary.com

  • FAMILY

  • Shauna Harvey, Daughter
  • Daya Andree, Daughter
  • Christina Fennell, Daughter
  • Kathern Mason, Daughter
  • Victoria Thurber, Daughter
  • Veronica Woodward, Daughter
  • Lynn Ward, Brother
  • Bruce Ward, Brother
  • Lance Ward, Brother
  • Steve Ward, Brother
  • Terry Ward, Brother
  • Kevin Ward, Brother
  • Elizabeth Ann Sturdevant, Mother
  • Wallace Arthur Ward, Father
  • 17 1/2 grandchildren
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Sam Harvey, Casket Bearer
  • Tim Andree, Casket Bearer
  • Derek Fennell, Casket Bearer
  • Jeffrie Mason, Casket Bearer
  • Jaime Thurber, Casket Bearer
  • Warren Woodward, Casket Bearer
  • Kraiger Harvey, Casket Bearer
  • Conner Andree, Casket Bearer
  • Bronson Fennell, Honorary Bearer
  • Boyd Woodward, Honorary Bearer
  • Asher Harvey, Honorary Bearer

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Cecil Roy Ward

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Sandi Harris-Gompf

April 10, 2019

Cecil was a wonderful chef. When the family went camping at an Oregon beach, the clam chowder he made using stone soup science was so good it has never been topped. He loved animals and was instrumental in purchasing 15 acres in Lookingglass Oregon for the family farm in the early 1970's. We had goats, pigs, chickens, sheep and a worthless donkey named VanCleave, who used to leap the creek weekly and go exploring the community farms. That donkey was so stubborn our farming neighbors would have to call us to get him, because they couldn’t get him to move. We'd drive from Roseburg to the farm and Cecil would always lead VanCleave back to the land.

The family and I all spent the night out on the land when I was 9 months pregnant. I woke in the morning with bad cramps. Cecil, who didn't smoke, let me smoke in his car on the way into town, driving me closer to the hospital. (Don't judge! It was the 1970's before all the scientific evidence on smoking was available to the general public.) He was a caring, kind and compassionate man. Rest in peace, Cecil.

Sabrina Bennett

April 9, 2019

Had the privilege to work with Cecil briefly in the Filer school. He was a very kind and determined. I looked up to him.

Shauns Harvey

April 9, 2019

Lance Ward

April 8, 2019

We were seven boys in total each with their distinct character and role to play out in the formation of the family as we grew.
The role of the oldest sibling in our family was a difficult one often discounted and unappreciated.
But, God in His infinite wisdom gave Cecil the charge of first born, equipping him with the heart and diligence to carry out his role in life.
We are truly blessed by Cecil’s determined care for us over the years, even if at times it was unsolicited and unappreciated, it had a lasting positive effect on us all.
Even as we have all gone our appointed ways in life, Cecil’s influence will always be a part of who we are.

1 of the 6 younger ones

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Biography

BUHL - Cecil Roy Ward, 71, of Buhl, Idaho passed away on April 5, 2019 at his home with loved ones nearby.

Cecil was born on June 10, 1947 in Murdo, South Dakota to Wallace and Elizabeth (Sturdevant) Ward. He graduated from high school in Walla Walla, Washington in 1965. Cecil served in the Army from 1967-1970. He went on to graduate from Rick’s College with an Associate’s Degree of Arts in 1971. He then went on to graduate from Lewis & Clark State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Technology in 1988. He also graduated from the College of Southern Idaho with an Associate’s Degree of Science in 1988. After that he received his Master’s Degree in Education from Idaho State University in 1991.

Cecil developed many skills in diverse trades. His most recent and most rewarding career opportunity was working with kids as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation counselor. Cecil worked with kids in the Twin Falls, Filer and Cassia County school districts and was an English teacher in China. Prior to working with children, he worked at Tri C, Inc, was a professor at Idaho State University and the College of Southern Idaho, worked as an education facilitator at Boise Cascade and managed production at Gaylord Containers. He owned and operated Feathers Plus Bird Farm and the restaurant, Paul Idaho Steak House.

His hobbies were baking, raising exotic animals, being with his grandchildren, watching classic movies and inspiring people. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of the Idaho Life Long Learning Association.

Cecil is survived by his six brothers: Lynn Ward, Bruce (Wanda) Ward, Lance Ward, Steve Ward, Terry Ward and Kevin Ward; his six daughters: Shauna (Sam) Harvey, Daya (Tim) Andree, Christina Fennell, Kathern (Jeffrie) Mason, Victoria (Jaime) Thurber and Veronica (Warren) Woodward; and 17 1/2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Deep Creek Ward, 1001 Fair Ave, in Buhl with burial at 3 p.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery, 1645 E. 16th Street in Burley.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at White Mortuary “Chapel by the Park,” 136 4th Ave E, in Twin Falls.

Condolences, memories and photos can be shared online at www.whitemortuary.com