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Jerry Wesley Ward, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, April 17, 2014, he was 85 years old. Jerry was born in San Antonio on November 17, 1928. He was the son of Amos and Clara Henderson Ward. Jerry attended Highland Park Elementary, Poe Middle and Brackenridge High schools. After graduating from high school, he attended Texas A&M University in College Station where Jerry was a member of the Aggie Corps of Cadets and the Aggie Singing Cadets. He also served two years in the U.S. Army and was deployed to the Korean War for another two years before returning to A&M to receive a degree in petroleum engineering. During his career as petroleum engineer, Jerry worked for American Republic, Sinclair, George Strake Oil, PED (Petroleum Exploration and Development), Shenandoah, Fuller Petroleum, Tenneco and Kellenberger Oil companies. He served as vice president of Shenandoah Oil Company and president of PED and Fuller Petroleum. Jerry and his family lived in many different areas of Texas, including Midland, Big Spring, Winters, Silsbee, Houston, Corpus Christi and Fort Worth. While living in West Texas, he obtained his pilot's license and was able to fly the family to visit relatives. In both Midland and Winters, Jerry was a member of the Lions Club. In Winters, he chaired a committee that raised money to purchase and remodel a building on Main Street for the Winters Public Library. A library that had previously been started by Myra Glover of Winters then relocated to the new building. While living in Corpus Christi, he learned to play the banjo and played with the Toots Britain Banjo Band. Upon moving to Houston, he joined the Bayou Banjo Band. His final career move brought him to Fort Worth where he then joined the Dallas Banjo Band under the direction of band leader Smokey Montgomery. Along with playing, he also sang with the group. Since 1975, his memberships also included PART, the Parent Association for the Retarded of Texas, an organization of which his daughter, Susan, now serves as president. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Doris Ward Wright. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Nancy Quinn Ward of Fort Worth; his daughters, Jerri Lynn Ward of Austin, Susan Ward Payne and her husband, Ronnie, of College Station and Dianne Ward of Denton; grandchildren, Jarad, Meagan and Travis Payne; brothers-in-law, Jerry Quinn and his wife, Mary, and J. Stephen Quinn and his wife, Pam; sister-in-law, Alice Quinn; and nieces and nephews and their families. Jerry will lie in state starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Porter Loring Mortuary on McCullough Ave. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
APRIL 26, 2014
PORTER LORING MORTUARY
Interment will follow in Mission Burial Park South. In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to the Volunteer Services Council, Denton State Supported Living Center, Box 368, Denton, Texas 76202-0368, or to a
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Published in Express-News on Apr. 26, 2014