Ward C. Stenger, 85, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2012, in Poplarville, Miss., surrounded by his family. He was born May 21, 1927, to Dewey and Myrtle (McClung) Stenger, in Beaverton, on his family's homestead.
Ward grew up in Gladwin County, and lived most of his adult life in Coleman and Harrison. He was a tank mechanic in the U.S. Army, and spent his career as an automotive mechanic and truck driver. He was well known for his ability to fix anything, and loved steam locomotives, telling jokes and trucking stories, visiting with family and friends, and he was active in the Twenty Lakes Tractor Club in Harrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Earl (Curly) Stenger; and his brothers, Keith, Leslie and Duane Stenger.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy E. (Phinney) Stenger; his children, Patricia (Curtis) Palmiter, John Stenger, Sharon (Rick) Willie, Jeannie (Tom) Halanski, Daniel (Deb) Stenger, Gary (Cindy) Stenger, Mark (Lorri) Stenger, Kevin (Julie) Stenger, and Jennifer Williams; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Phyllis (Ken) Gorte and Beverly Ives.
In keeping with Ward's wishes, cremation has already taken place, and a memorial service will be held on Friday, July 27, at 11:00 a.m. at Open Door Baptist Church, 6200 Sturgeon Ave., Midland, with Pastor Jody Ellis officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider doing an act of kindness for someone in Ward's memory.