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Ivan Ward, age 91, left us to be with his Heavenly Father and the love of his life, Helen Louise, to whom he was married 61 years. Ward stood by Revelations 21:1-7 that he and Helen will be reunited. I.W. was born in Wymore NE, and moved to New Mexico as a boy due to tuberculosis. Ward was a World War II United States Navy Veteran at age 19, a Mason, and served 44 years in the field of education administration. Ward completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees through the University of New Mexico, and Doctorate from Utah State University. He was a teacher, coach, high school principal, and superintendent of public schools in New Mexico. In 1965, Ward and Helen took their four daughters to Guam where he worked at the College of Guam and was then selected as the Director of Education for the Marianas Islands. Ward joined the Montana State University graduate faculty in 1969, moving to Fresno, CA in 1971, to join the Fresno City College Administration. Ward and Ed Perkins established the F.C.C. Indonesian Alumni Assn. Special honors include National Emeritus Member of Phi Delta Kappa 1994 and 2006 F.C.C. football Wall of Fame. Ward retired in 1992 as F.C.C. Dean of Admissions and Records, Emeritus. Ward and Helen were active with tennis, dancing, bridge, the First Presbyterian Church, and traveled extensively. They inspired their family and were larger than life. They faithfully stood by each other as their devotion grew. "How can that be after being in love as teenagers," Helen asked Ward in 2008! For the last 15 months it was a privilege for him to be at CalVet Home Fresno. The kind and professional care of Hinds Hospice dignified the completion of this journey. Ward will be dearly missed by his four daughters, Lou Cathcart and Anne Kinzel, Julianna Yates and Jon Ewald, Nina Lasher, Lynette Lasher and Jim Hayes; eight grandchildren, Anna, Lisa and Peter, Elsa and Andrew, Erin and Ana Lucia, John and Rana, Joshua and Anne, Lonnie and Patricia, and Megan and Shawn; 12 great-grandchildren, Akira, Hannah, Alex, Sierra, Lize, Amanda, Lavin, Liam, Riley, Rhys, Emma, and Kayla. A Celebration of his Life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1540 M St., Fresno, CA, on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in memory of Ivan Ward Lasher to Hinds Hospice; Marjaree Mason Center; or the Deacons' Benevolence Fund of First Presbyterian Church.
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Fresno, CA 93721
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Sept. 16, 2018
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