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John E.L. Ward, 79, died in Klamath Falls, Nov. 11, 2013.
A graveside service of tribute and love will be at 11 a.m. at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1383. Friends may call at Eternal Hills Funeral Home for visitation Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
John was born Jan. 21, 1934, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Everett and Mabel Rupe Ward.
He grew up in Klamath Falls, moving here in 1940.
After high school, he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and remained until his retirement in 1972. During that time, he married Betty Lou Ridgley and they had six children. After their marriage ended, he met and then married Lynette Bromley June 24, 1973, in Klamath Falls.
After his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for Weyerhaeuser. When Weyerhaeuser made a major cutback, John drove bus for the Klamath Falls School District for about 10 years.
John was a member of the V.F.W. Post No. 1383, American Legion, Oregon Hunters Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, N.R.A., and Unlimited Pheasants. He served as a U.P. board member for 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Lynette; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Mark Ashford of Stanwood, Wash.; sons and daughter-in-law, John Ward, Tim Ward and Stephen Ward, all of Klamath Falls, and Robert and Paula Ward of Fairbanks, Alaska; brother, Larry Ward; sister and brother-in-law, RosaLea and Neil Rathbun of Chiloquin, Ore.; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Margaret Ward of Klamath Falls; brother-in-law, Dale Bromley of Klamath Falls; sister-in-law and her husband, Lorre and Mark Worthington of Gresham, Ore.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and a son, David Ward.
Eternal Hills Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens
4711 Highway 39
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Published in Herald And News from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2013