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William W. Ward

William W. Ward, 78, died following a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease Jan. 5, 2008, at his Palmer home surrounded by family.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Palmer Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the corner of Blunck and the Glenn Highway.

Ward was born Dec. 26, 1929, in Centralia, Wash. He had been an Alaska resident since 1947 and resided in Palmer. He was employed as a mechanic at various businesses and his own garage for many years.

He enjoyed traveling in his motorhome around Alaska, fishing and hunting, clam digging, and four-wheeling. He also loved working on cars and tinkering in his garage.

Survivors are his wife, Ruth Ward, of Palmer; brother Jim Matney of Washington; sisters Vina O’Rielly and Lillian Bursiel of Washington; daughters Sharon (Ray) Pelletier of Washington, Mary Drew of Anchorage and Carole (Dale) Long of Hawaii; son David (Tracie) Ward of Palmer; grandchildren Jenna, Christopher, Joe, Pam, Caitlin, Jason and Alisha; and several great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory of Wasilla.

Source:  Frontiersman, 11 January 2008



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