WARD, Roy Milton
He was the greatest Dad ever. He was happily married and shared the love of Pati, his little dear for 58 years. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend, Roy Ward passed away June 13th after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. His loving son Ray Spencer Ward preceded him in death this past Memorial Day. Roy was born in on August 10th, 1929 in Suver, Oregon to Mary McClain, and grew up in Redding, California. He served as a Navy draftsman during the Korean conflict from 1950-1953. He returned to Redding after his tour, attended Shasta College, and there met his wife and partner, Pati Rae Elliott. They married August 24th, 1955. Roy completed his education in Fresno, was awarded a BS in Engineering, and later became a Professional Registered Engineer. He managed the Loss Control Department of Fireman's Fund in Sacramento for 30 years. He was special to so many of his employees, their mentor and father. Roy was Troop Leader for Boy Scout Troop 102. He was the support and driving force behind six Eagle Scouts. Pops coached his daughters softball team and led them to one very sweet championship victory- so Proud! Roy loved the outdoors and got out whenever he could. He hunted, fished, camped and hiked across the Western States. He could tell a mean ghost story (it floats), throw a ringer horseshoe in a pinch, bowl a 277, or golf anywhere. He is survived, remembered, and loved deeply by his wife Pati, daughters Keary Fernald (Greg) and Kelly Ward; grandchildren Jake Reynolds, Emily and Darek Ward; step-grandchildren Shannon Morton, Aubrey and Matt Fernald.
'Beautiful is the man who leaves a legacy that of shared love and life. It is he who transfers meaning, assigns significance and conveys in his loving touch the fine art and gentle shaping of a life. This man shall be called, Father.' - Stella Payton
In honor of his struggle, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001. In honor of his service please donate to the Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society Attn: Development, 875 N. Randolph St., Ste 225 Arlington, VA 22203.
Celebrate a life well lived on Thursday, June 19th, 1:00 p.m., at Sunset Lawn, Chapel of the Chimes, 4701 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento.
Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes
4701 Marysville Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95838
Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 18, 2014