Donald Eugene “Don” Ward, son of the late Ray and Marie Ward, was born October 30, 1936. Don always credited his grandparents, Henry and Susan Ward, for an important role in his upbringing.
He graduated from Circleville High School in 1954. After graduation, Don served in the Army Reserves until 1964. He married the love of his life, Linda Lee (Davis) Ward on August 14, 1961. Their love and devotion endured the test of time for 59 years. Don worked 35 years for E.I. Dupont, from which he retired in 1998. Prior to Dupont, he worked at Jenkin’s Sunoco while in the reserves.
He spent his years as a loving and devoted father and grandfather, a member of Outreach Ministries Church, a member of the Pickaway Lodge #23 Free Masons, a car enthusiast, and a backyard mechanic. Don selflessly cared for others and placed their needs before his.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his sister, Marcella Hostetler, son-in-law, Stoney Speakman and brother-in-law, Dave “Hop” Horn.
Don’s precious life will forever be cherished by his wife Linda and children; Lori Speakman, Teresa (Darwin) Hamner and Donovan (Heidi) Ward; grandchildren; Justin Speakman, Sean (Jennifer) Speakman, Alina Hamner, Jenna Hamner and Shelby Ward; great-grandchildren, Sophia Speakman, Lacie Webb and Jeremiah Webb; sister, Martha Hart; a host of loving brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces, cousins and friends. Don received his wings on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
After watching his long battle with health issues, his family is at peace knowing his journey home is now complete. Family will receive friends and family on Wednesday December 2, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at the Wellman Funeral Home, Circleville. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. COVID 19 restrictions will apply. Online condolences can be made to www.wellmanfuneralhomes.com.