Melvin D. Ward of Gary, IN made his heavenly transition on Friday, December 25,2020. He was born January 19,1940 to Grady and Nicie Ward. He received Christ at an early age and was a long-time member of St. Timothy Community Church. Mel was a graduate of Roosevelt High School, class of 1957. He was joined in Holy matrimony to Irma Jean Ward (who preceded him in death) to this union, 2 children were born Melvin Ward II and Stephanie Ward. He later married Mary Porter Ward and became step-father to Sonya Castro and Crosby Castro. Mel served the city he loved as an insurance agent for over 50 years. He owned and operated Becket and Bean Insurance Agency as a proud, independent black business man for over 45 years. Mel was a lifelong advocate of giving back, through service to his community. He was a member of the Gary Frontiers Service Club for over 40 years as well as the Boys and Girls Club and Boy Scouts of America. Mel was also an avid reader. He especially enjoyed being the only male member of his beloved book club that met at the Gary Public Library. He was proud to provide a male perspective on all types of issues, but he also shared his respect for the strong Black women who touched his life over the years. Mel is survived by his children Melvin (Wanda) Ward II, Stephanie Ward Kaba; his siblings Rodney (Dorothy) Ward and Diane (Phillip) Rice; grandchildren Melvin Ward III, Kirsten (Brian) Sumpter, Christopher (Holly) Kaba, Stanton Ward; and 4 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at the Guy & Allen Funeral Chapel, 2959 West 11th Avenue, Gary, Indiana Rev. Rameen Jackson officiating. Due to Covid-19 restrictions only 25 people will be allowed in the chapel. Masks and social distancing will be required. Services will be live-streamed via Facebook on Guy & Allen Funeral Directors Inc.
Published by Post-Tribune on Dec. 30, 2020.