Billy Milton Ward, age 79, of Strasburg went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 3, 2014.
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Mr. Ward was born April 18. He was the son of the late Russell Milton Ward and the late Pauline May Borden Ward. He was married to the late Rhonda Rose Ward for 27 wonderful years and missed her everyday since her passing on September 15, 2007.
Bill was a resident of Strasburg for over 28 years, living in the Edinburg area for most of his younger life. He leaves behind many who loved him dearly. Surviving him is his son Russell Scott Ward and wife, Bobbi Lynn George Ward and their sons Casey and Christian of Edinburg. Also surviving Bill is his son Darren Lee Ward and wife Karen Jo Ward, and their son Alexander Scott, of Stephens City, and step daughter Melissa Mowery Youngblood, her husband, Jim Youngblood and children, Jack and Natalie.
Also surviving are sisters Mary Anna Fry and husband Bernard Fry of Edinburg, Catherine Olinger and husband Lawrence Olinger of Quicksburg, Betty Showman of Conicville, Fay Hiner and husband Bob Hiner of Edinburg, and Jeannie Agentis of Allentown, PA.
Bill worked for many years in law enforcement, and was employed with the Edinburg Police Department, as Chief of Police in Woodstock, and as Sargent of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Department. His time and commitment spent in the armed services was the contributing factor to his career in law enforcement after receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps.
Bill always had a passion for automobiles. After many years of working for his father in the automobile repair industry, he decided to open his own shop, B.W. Ward's Body Shop, located in Edinburg. Combined with the years working with his father, he found over 40 years of enjoyment repairing automobiles for many Shenandoah County residents. His specialty, and one of the areas he took particular pride in, was the restoration of antiques and classic vehicles. With an eye for detail and perfection in his work, he built a successful business with customer satisfaction as his main goal. Many of his antique and classic vehicle restorations are still seen in local parades and car shows. His family likes to call these his works of art.
After retiring in 1995, he grew to love the sport of baseball as well as NASCAR. He would spend many weekends enjoying these sports and traveling to watch them live. He enjoyed his family very much, and his children and grandchildren meant the world to him. He was always blessed by time together with family and lived for those blessings in life. He will always be remembered as someone that would reach out to help others and expected nothing in return.
Bill was a member and Past Master of the Masonic AM-FM-135 lodge in Edinburg and the Royal Arch Chapter. He was a member of the Strasburg Presbyterian Church.
A funeral service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Stover Memorial Chapel, Strasburg with Pastor David Witt officiating. The family will receive friends at Stover Funeral Home, 177 No. Holliday St., Strasburg on Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Tony Pole, Steve Olinger, Ronald Stead, Kenny Richman, Carl Richman, Jr., and Harold Silcott.
Honorary pallbearers will be Phil Chrisman, Jr. and Greg Lambert.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601.
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177 N. Holliday Street Strasburg, VA 22657
Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Apr. 7, 2014