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Michael Volney Ward, 67, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on March 3, 2013 in San Antonio, TX. He was born on November 15, 1945 in Victoria, Texas to Earl C. Ward and Margaret Paschich Ward. He graduated from St. Joseph's High School in 1963. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1967 from Texas A&M (College Station) and earned his Masters in Physics from George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) in 1970. Mike was a Licensed Professional Engineer and worked for Union Carbide/DOW for 27 years, retiring in 2005 from the position of Maintenance Superintendent. Mike also worked for BP Chemical (Toledo, Ohio) as a Quality Control Safety Inspector and retired from that position in 2012. Mike was a very devout Catholic. He was involved with the Church in many ways. He served as lector, Eucharistic Minister, CCD Instructor and faithfully took part in many church functions. Mike was a dedicated participant in the ACTS and Walk to Emmaus Retreats. He was honored to be a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Mike also loved his children and grandchildren and cherished spending time with them. His baking and cooking skills are legendary. Peepaw Bread, pies, homemade sausage and wine are only a few of his classics. He was an avid fisherman and loved the sport especially when he went with family. Mike loved music of many genres, he loved playing guitar, listening and singing with his children at the top of all lungs. Mike was a loving son, brother, husband, father and Peepaw. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Ward Graham; Rita Hooge Ward-his wife of 27 years; his five children Lisa Wiest, Scott Ward and wife Julie, Mikie Volney Ward II and fiancé Krista, Susie Brooks and husband Jake, Reagan McNeill and husband Thomas; four step-children Jude Fowler and wife Tammy, Jason Fowler and wife Vivian, Rhiana Green and husband Mark and Melissa Perez and husband Perry; 19 grandchildren; Siblings Jim Ward, Martha Kondret and husband Bernie, Tom Ward and wife Michele, Frances Nitschmann and husband Mike, and Earl Ward Jr. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Earl C. Ward. Services will be held in both San Antonio and Victoria, TX. A Rosary and Memorial Mass will be held Monday, March 11, 2013 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church located at 7893 Grissom Rd, San Antonio, TX 78251. The Rosary will begin at 7pm with the Mass to follow. Rev. Msgr. Patrick Cronin officiating. On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Rev. Celestino Say will officiate a Rosary to be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, located at 212 E. Forrest St., Victoria, TX 77901 beginning at 7pm. On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 10:30am with interment to follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery located at 1009 E. Mockingbird Lane, Victoria, TX, 77901. The family respectfully requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorial donations be made in Memory of Michael V. Ward to Catholic Charities www.ccaosa.org or Knights of Columbus Council 7983. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.sunsetnwfuneralhome.com
Published in Express-News on Mar. 10, 2013