Robert W. Ward

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Robert W. Ward

November 12, 1930 - November 30, 2018

Robert W. Ward Robert W. Ward, 88, of Anderson, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018, at his residence surrounded by his family. He loved the Lord, his family and his friends, in that order.
He was born November 12, 1930, in Anderson, the son of Lyle T. and Mary B. (Brown) Ward. He lived his entire life in Anderson with the exception of a few months spent at his lake home on Rock Lake in Akron, Indiana, and their condo in Hallendale Beach, Florida.
Bob was a 1949 graduate of Anderson High School. He attended Ball State Teacher's College (now Ball State University) for a short while prior to entering the Apprenticeship Program at Delco Remy, where he began as a draftsman. He received two "Boss" Kettering Awards for his innovations in Magnetic Cores and Magnetic Field Sensors. After many successes with his 17 patents, he was promoted to Engineer status. Bob retired after nearly 42 years of service in 1991. Up until two months ago, he met with his "drafting room" buddies for a monthly breakfast where they had the same waitress, Kim at Eva's, who made them all feel special. After retirement, he continued to work as a consultant to companies located in Ningbo, China, and Quebec, Canada. Bob purchased and, with the help of his family, restored a half block of buildings in downtown Anderson on Meridian Street, which included the Phil's Men's Shop, Venus Chocolate Shop and the Golden House Chinese Restaurant. Likewise, he renovated six properties on the street where he lived as a boy, West Eighth Street.
Later in life, Bob accepted Christ as his Savior. He was baptized and became a member of the Anderson Church of the Brethren. While at the lake cottage on weekends, Bob and wife, Ellen, regularly attended Akron Church of the Brethren. Bob was President of Full Gospel Businessmen for many years. In 1975, he was the Republican candidate for the Mayor of Anderson with his campaign motto being, "In God We Trust."
In later years, Bob pursued many hobbies. He was quite the artist, sketching and painting things he enjoyed. Bob also enjoyed golfing, bowling and playing the organ, taking lessons at Lambert's Music Center. He also loved writing and visiting the library to research and study many topics. One of those studies was the history of grocery stores on West Eighth Street here in Anderson. His love of grocery stores began with his first job at a small store called Webber's.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen M. (Spall) Ward, whom he married in 1950 after being high school sweethearts. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this past August. Survivors also include his daughters, Debra D. (Ervin) Berry and Misty L. (Dan) Novak, both of Anderson; a brother, Jack T. (Billie Jean) Ward of Sun City Center, Florida; grandchildren, David B. Sturgeon of Muncie, Joel N. (Hillary) Novak of Anderson, Brytni L. (Jason) Hessler of Pendleton and Stephen R. (Leah) Berry of Lapel; nine great-grandchildren, Chloe, Camden, Lily, Kendall, Connor, Ethan, Gage, Asher and Savannah; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Special longtime friends include Steve Anderson and Carl Christensen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister in-law, Richard L. and Shirley Ward; his sister in-law, Janet S. Smitherman; and his grandson, Zachary J. Novak.
We wish to thank St. Vincent Hospice of Anderson, especially Jessica, Susan and Natasha. Special thanks go out to home healthcare workers Rosie, Thelma and Ann.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Service & Crematory. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018, at the Anderson Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Spencer Spaulding officiating. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in East Maplewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Zachary J. Novak Memorial Scholarship at Anderson University or Anderson Education Foundation. Additionally, contributions may be made to the Anderson Church of the Brethren or the Akron Church of the Brethren.
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Phyllis Dodd
Dec 06, 2018
Ellen, I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I didn't know in time for visitation but I will keep you in my prayers. Larry is in the nursing home and most likely will never return home. I'll be thinking about you.
Dawn (Fetters) Barkdull
Dec 04, 2018
Love ya! Ellen, you and Bob are family! My childhood memories always include you, Bob, grandmother, granddad and our church and bible study family! We love you all so much! You and Bob were such a special part of my spiritual foundation and love for the Lord. Thank you for all of the love you both unconditionally gave to all you came in contact with!
Mary Jo Parker
Dec 04, 2018
Ellen, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I join you in grief. You may know that Sam died in August. You and your family are in my prayers. Love, Mary Jo
Vickey Rule
Dec 03, 2018
What a man of God! Thank you so much Bob and Ellen for opening your home for worship and Bible study. It was Bob’s teachings that brought me salvation and the knowledge of the Word of God that I could walk out that salvation with confidence. The confidence that this wonderful Man of God displayed in everything he said and did. I learned that Jesus Loved me and had a plan for my life and nothing was impossible to those that believe!