Jeffrey Alan Ward
1961 - 2021
Alexandria Funeral Home Inc
325 Washington St
Alexandria, KY
Dr. Jeffrey Alan Ward

Fort Thomas - Dr. Jeffrey Alan Ward passed away on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 at the age of 60 after a five-month fight with a Grade IV Glioblastoma Multiforme tumor. He was born on February 11, 1961, in Fort Thomas, Ky. Jeff is survived by his wife, Elissa Ward, children, Hadassah, age 25, Rachel, age 15, Jonathan, age 12, Aviel, age 10, and Naomi, age 6, mother, Carleen Painter Kees, sister, Yvette Wilson, niece, Faith Wilson, and nephew, William Wilson. Jeff was predeceased by his father, Robert Eugene Ward. Dr. Ward held undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy, master's degrees in Mathematics and Computer and Information Science, and during his doctoral degree he focused on mathematical logic and automated reasoning. He worked as a computer game programmer, designed and implemented his own AI scripting language, and continued to be interested in gaming, combinatorial computing, and energy informatics throughout his career. As a tenured computer science professor at Northern Kentucky University, Dr. Ward was revered by his students as a kind, empathetic, patient, and incredibly intelligent professor. Jeff served over twenty-three years at Beth Messiah congregation where he met his wife of seventeen years. He lived his life fully committed to the Lord. His favorite Psalm was Psalm 32. He was incredibly interested in science-based apologetics, could play the guitar and piano, and often went on hikes with his kids. Just last summer, he walked his eldest daughter down the aisle and used his last year in quarantine to spend every moment that he could with his family. He was a devoted husband, dad, and son. He loved the Lord, his family, and his community and will be immensely missed. Graveside service will be held at Alexandria Cemetery, 7 Spillman Drive, Alexandria, KY 41001 on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 1:00pm. Masks required by both vaccinated and unvaccinated attendees. In lieu of flowers or food, please consider donating to Reasons to Believe ( in honor of Jeff's passion for science-based apologetics which fueled his faith and relationship with the Lord. You can access Jeff's faith testimony on YouTube at this link:

Published by Kentucky Enquirer from Jun. 9 to Jun. 10, 2021.
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Alexandria Cemetery
7 Spillman Drive, Alexandria, KY
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Our deepest condolences for your loss and prayers for shalom during this difficult time. His conversation and demeanor was always warm and pleasant. I’m glad we are part of his Beth Messiah family. May God continue to bless and keep your family until we meet again.

Audra and Michael Hairston
Audra Hairston
June 12, 2021
Yvette, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know we are here for you with loving support.
Encompass Health Employees
June 11, 2021
Carleen and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Dan & Jackie
Dan & Jackie Boden
June 10, 2021
Jeff Ward was a sweet genuine guy! He never had a frown on his face and he always had compassion for others.
Steve Horn
June 9, 2021
NKU Computer Science Dept
June 9, 2021
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