Larry L."Pete" Ward
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MANSFIELD: Larry L."Pete" Ward, 71, of Mansfield, died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at MedCentral Mansfield after a brief courageous battle with cancer. Born July 28, 1941 in Mansfield, he was the son of Forrest R. and Helen V. (Cosgrove) Ward. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Larry retired from Crane Plumbing. He was a member of VFW #3494 and attended Shelby Church of God. A devoted family man, he enjoyed camping, fishing, and most of all spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Paula (Sammons) Ward; son, Jeff Ward of Mansfield; daughters, Amy (Steve) Ackerman of Shelby and Holly Barler of Mansfield; grandchildren, Derek Ward, Jerica Rodriquez, Cara Ward, Courtney Batdorf, Devin Batdorf, Dylan Batdorf, Kennedy Barler, Haley Weisman, and Emily Ackerman; great grandson, Mason Batdorf; brothers and sisters, Donald (Goldie) Ward, Shirley Crider, Barbara Franco, Raymond Ward, Karen (Jack) Swanigan, and Brenda (Paul) Allen; numerous nieces and nephews; and many special friends. Along with his parents, Forrest and Helen Ward, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Ward; brothers and sister, Doris Snyder, Richard Ward, William Ward, Gerald Ward, James Ward, and Thomas Ward; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Imogene Sammons.
Friends may call Sunday, July 21, 2013 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Diamond St. Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home conducted by Pastor Rick Lewis, Pastor Paul Allen, and Rev. Steve Ackerman. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Military graveside services conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Squad will follow in Mansfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Online guest registry at www.wappner.com
Published in the News Journal on July 20, 2013