Harold Ward, 88, died August 3, 2013 at the Anchorage Pioneer Home.
Born in Seldovia on August 23, 1924, Harold left Alaska in 1941 to join the US Army/Air Force during World War II being stationed at McCord AFB, WA, Bakersfield, CA, Marfa, Texas, Air Force Training Command, Walker Air Force Base, Roswell, New Mexico, and served in Europe with the 97th Infantry Division in Germany in the Anti-Tank Company in 1945. He was honorably discharged October 5, 1945 at Ft Bragg, NC. Harold resided in Tacoma, WA from 1950-1967, returning to Alaska in 1967. He worked as a salesman from 1951-1958, and worked in construction driving various types of trucks from 1958 - 1986, retiring from the Alaska Teamsters.
Harold was a member of the Tacoma First Baptist Church, formed Beautification Committee in Kodiak, was a VFW Chaplain, was actively involved in Rotary Club and Volunteers of America. He loved salvaging and repurpose items. He also loved photography. Harold was the first Western Union Worker in Sitka, AK. He was very generous and kind and loved to whistle. It brought Harold great pleasure to be of service to anyone who was in need. He always had a positive attitude and smile on his face. Harold loved gospel music. He loved making his "world famous" pancakes for his kids and grand-kids. One of Harolds favorite sayings was "This isn't goodbye, it's until we meet again."
Harold is survived by his wife, Betty G. Ward; daughters, Ramona Duby, Joy Jessup, Kyra Murphy and Starr Ward; son, Edward Ward; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Oskoloff; father, Theodore A. Anderson and adoptive father, William Ward; and his son, Eric Ward.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at Ft Richardson National Cemetery on August 16th at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception at the Wasilla Senior Campus Dining Hall from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be in the fall at the American Legion Post 1 on Fireweed, the date/time will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Memorial Donations can be made to the VFW, American Legion or any favorite veterans organization.
Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel
440 E. Klatt Road Anchorage, AK 99515
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2013