Mr. Donald Madison “Don” Ward was born on June 18, 1933 in Rowan County, Kentucky, a son of late Elmer “Brittle” Ward and Pruda Basford Ward. He departed this life on Friday, March 25, 2016 in Portsmouth, Ohio at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 7 days.
Mr. Ward was a retired truck driver and had also been employed as a water and sewer line inspector as well as a landfill liner inspector.
Mr. Ward was of the Baptist faith. He was also a member of the Phelps Masonic Lodge #482, El Hasa Shrine, and the Morehead American Legion Post #126. He enjoyed Nascar, dirt track racing, reading, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Grace Louise McClurg Ward on July 17, 1985, a daughter Donna Sue Ward and a sister Martha Ann Layne.
He leaves to mourn his passing his family which includes three sons: Tim Ward of Morehead, Mike Ward of Middleburg. Florida, and Steve (Nita) Ward of Needville, Texas. Two daughters: Kris Ward Lipps (James) of Sugarland, TX and Terrie Ward of Morehead. And one sister, Betty Bowles of Franklin, Ohio. Nine Grandchildren, Bobby Gambill, Jennifer Mikkelson, Elizabeth Lipps, Stephanie Ward, Tiffany Gambill, Amanda Clark, Ashlee Ward, Jacob Lipps and Tyler Ward and Eleven Great-Grandchildren. Also several nieces and nephews that will miss him too.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in the chapel of the Michael R. Gray Funeral Home in Morehead with Bruce McClurg officiating.
Burial with full military honors by the Corbie Ellington American Legion Post No. 126 will be in the Siloam Cemetery.
Visitation is after 5:00 P.M. Monday.
Masonic rites will be conducted 7:00 P.M. Monday evening by the Phelps Lodge No. 482.
Serving as pall bearers will be Bobby Gambill, Jacob Lipps, Danny McClurg, Bruce Lee McClurg, Roger Bowles, Zack McClurg. Honorary Pall Bearer will be Tyler Ward.