George Ward

Ward, George A.

George A. Ward went home on Thursday, April 17, 2014. George was born to Rev. Arthur and Emma (Dews) Ward on July 18, 1923 in Franklin County, Kansas. George was educated in Liberty Memorial High School and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS before entering the U.S. Army Signal Corp in 1942.

While in the U.S. Army, George was assigned to the Army Specialized Training Corp. at St. Norbert College where he met Audrey VanDenack. They were married on May 18, 1946 in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Green Bay.

After he left St. Norbert College, George was assigned to the CBI theater of War. There he served the American "Merrill's Marauder Rangers" in Burma, and the Chinese New Sixth Army, American Liaison Officers in China, as a combat telephone operator.

After his discharge in 1945, George worked at the U.S. Post Office and retired as Assistant Post Master in 1972. After leaving the U.S. Post Office, he worked as a Real Estate Broker and office manager for companies in Green Bay, Naples, FL., and Bonita Springs, FL before taking his final retirement in 1998. In 2000, George and Audrey returned to De Pere where they lived until their deaths.

George was preceded in death by his wife Audrey, with whom he celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary three weeks prior to her death; his mother, father, three half sisters; a half brother; a sister; and an adopted sister.

George is survived by his son Dr. Gerald (Mady) Ward; his daughter Lyn (Jim) Dashner; three grandchildren: Arthur (Amy) Ward, Clair Ward, and Michael Dashner; and two great grandsons: Jonah Ward and Elliot Ward.

Family and friends may visit from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Christ the Rock Church, 556 Main Ave, De Pere. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at church with Pastor James Lenz officiating. Military Funeral Honors will be given to George following services at church. Entombment will be in Allouez Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum. Please visit to send online condolences to the Ward family.

The family would like to send heartfelt thank you to Unity Hospice and the Bellevue Retirement Community for all they did for George and his family.


Funeral Home

Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory
305 North Tenth Street De Pere, WI 54115
(920) 336-3171

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2014