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Terry Ward

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From a family, in Pa., We just saw this article and obit. Congratulations, to Terry, for raising children that would write this final tribute. I also had a dad who was unusual, in such a wonderful way. The meek shall inherit the earth and move on to heaven. Terry say hi, to Ralph, my father.

I never knew Terry, but reading his obituary, i feel we were friends.
I see he was a vet and is in Arlington, I have relatives there, and i am only a two hour drive away, and when i visit, i am going to stop by and pay my respects to a great guy i loved but never got to meet

I, like many others, found Terry's obituary online. I saved it over a year ago and frequently come back to read it. It's amazing how many people have been touched by his story! He must have been an incredible human being. I've shared it many times and it always brings smiles. I pray that his family has found peace and knows that his story continues to touch people everywhere!

Sorry for your loss, I would have loved to have known Mr. Ward.

I came across this obit via Guidepost, I enjoyed reading about the life of Terry Ward. My deepest condolences to his wife and other family members. RIP Terry Ward, RIP.

This is an amazing obituary, I think we all hope that someone knows us well enough to speak on our lives with such candid honesty. Your dad sounds like an all-around great guy, and you seem like a great daughter as well.

Awesome Obituary....Im sure you were an awesome dude!! REST WELL BUD.

I was linked to this obituary from another site. After reading this obituary, all I can say is he must have been a hoot and I wish I knew him.

I did not know Terry,never heard of him before finding his obit on the internet,but after reading the obit I wished I had of met him,he sounds like a very likable huggable gentle giant of a man,from what I have read his wife and children probably never had a dull moment when he was around,I am sure he will be missed by a lot of people,I am so sorry for your loss,fly high Terry.

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Terry's Obituary

Terry Wayne Ward, age 71, of DeMotte, IN, escaped this mortal realm on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, leaving behind 32 jars of Miracle Whip, 17 boxes of Hamburger Helper and multitudes of other random items that would prove helpful in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

Terry is survived by his overly-patient and accepting wife Kathy, who was the love of his life (a fact she gladly accepted sympathy for during their 48 years of marriage). He is also survived by daughters Rebecca (William) Hines and Jean (Jeff) Lahm; sister, Linda; brother, Phil; grandchildren: Alexander and Hannah Hines (The Mesopotamians), Daphne and Erin Pistello (The Daffer and Peanut), Brendan and Owen Lahm (Phineas and Ferb) and Tessa McMurry (Smiley).

He is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Bernice Ward, daughter Laura Pistello, grandson Vincent Pistello, brother Kenneth Ward, a 1972 Rambler and a hip.

Terry graduated from Thornridge High School in South Holland, IL, where only three of his teachers took an early retirement after having had him as a student. He met the love of his life, Kathy, by telling her he was a lineman – he didn’t specify early on that he was a lineman for the phone company, not the NFL. Still, Kathy and Terry wed in the fall of 1969, perfectly between the Summer of Love and the Winter of Regret.

Terry volunteered his service in the United States Army and was an active combat Veteran in the Viet Nam War.

He retired from AT&T (formerly Ameritech, formerly formerly Indiana Bell) after 39 years of begrudging service, where he accumulated roughly 3,000 rolls of black electrical tape during the course of his career (which he used for everything from open wounds to “Don’t use this button” covers).

He enjoyed many, many things.  Among those things were hunting, fishing, golfing, snorkeling, ABBA, hiking Turkey Run, chopping wood, shooting guns, Bed Bath & Beyond, starlight mints, cold beer, free beer, The History Channel, CCR, war movies, discussing who makes the best pizza, The Chicago White Sox, old Buicks, and above all, his family.

He was a renowned distributor of popsicles and ice cream sandwiches to his grandchildren. He also turned on programs such as “Phineas and Ferb” for his grand-youngins, usually when they were actually there.

He despised “uppity foods” like hummus, which his family lovingly called “bean dip” for his benefit, which he loved consequently. He couldn’t give a damn about most material things, and automobiles were never to be purchased new. He never owned a personal cell phone and he had zero working knowledge of the Kardashians.

Terry died knowing that The Blues Brothers was the best movie ever, (young) Clint Eastwood was the baddest-ass man on the planet, and hot sauce can be added to absolutely any food.

Tremendous and heartfelt thanks go to the truly exceptional nurses at Southlake Methodist Hospital Neuro-Intensive Care Unit, who provided much more than nursing care for Terry, but also provided a peaceful and compassionate environment during his transition from this life to the next.

Friends can visit with the family on Saturday, January 27, from Noon until the time of the Funeral Service at 4:00 PM, with Pastor Mark Wilkins officiating, at Geisen Funeral, Cremation & Receptions Centre, 606 E. 113th Ave., Crown Point, IN. A Military Honor Service and inurnment took place on August 21st, 2018, at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The location of the Niche is: Court 11, Section II, Column 2, Niche 2.

Memorial donations in Terry’s name can be made to your favorite charity or your favorite watering hole, where you are instructed to tie a few on and tell a few stories of the great Terry Ward.

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