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Jack Wendell Ward

1945 ~ 2022 (age 77)
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Jack Wendell Ward was born in Peetz, Colorado to Clyde and Icle Ward on August 24, 1945.  He passed to his eternal home on September 20, 2022, at the age of 77.  His earthly remains will be interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery.  A service will be held there October 6, 2022, 11:15 AM, at Staging Area C (please assemble by 10:45-11 AM).  All are welcome to join us there.  In lieu of flowers, we would kindly ask that instead, you might consider a donation in his name to Compassion International, your church, or the charity that you feel is most deserving.

He was preceded in death, by a mere six months, by his beautiful, loving wife of 56 years, Bonnie Ward.  He is survived by two children, Lisa and Tim, and their families, including several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a wonderful array of extended family and friends.

Jack was adopted by and the only child of Clyde and Icle and grew up on their family ranch, just outside Peetz, Colorado.  A beautiful young girl from Denver used to spend her summers at her family’s nearby farm.  It didn’t take too long before Bonnie and Jack Ward became an item.  From the summer of ’62 on, the two of them were together.  They married in September 1965.  Jack joined the Army and did a couple of tours in Viet Nam as a helicopter mechanic. 

While Jack was in Viet Nam, Bonnie spent their early years of marriage in Texas.  He joined her there after leaving the military.  Shortly after, the two of them came back to Colorado.  They lived for a short time in Golden, and then Denver, but once Lisa and Tim arrived, they lived and raised the family primarily in Aurora.  Jack worked for Public Service (and for a while, after they changed to Xcel Energy), on the natural gas side, throughout the kids’ formative years.  After many years on the graveyard shift, he eventually switched departments, moving into Xcel’s appliance/furnace repair department.  He retired, with a full pension, in the late 90’s.

With the extra time on his hands, and a strong work ethic, Jack decided to supplement their retirement income by driving a taxi, and then eventually converting over to drive for Uber and Lyft.  As the kids grew, and left the nest, they moved to Littleton, so he and Bonnie could be closer to the kids and grandkids. 

His time in Viet Nam (and the exposure to Agent Orange) caught up with him in the early 90’s, as he was diagnosed with cancer.  Over the next 25-30 years, he was mostly in remission, but he did have to face additional treatment a couple of times, including a six month stay in the hospital, battling it in late 2019 and early 2020. 

But, with his work ethic, and strong drive to interact with people, even in the midst of those treatments, he rarely missed a day of work.  As those of you who knew him can attest, Jack could…and would…talk to anyone.  If you had time for a cup of coffee, or a Dr. Pepper, Jack had a story or three for you…and the time, and the desire, to hear your story(ies).  He could spin a yarn with the best of them.  The life he lived resulted in a diverse array of experiences from which to draw.  A few of those stories may, or may not, have been fish tales.  Sure, sometimes he was out to convey something specific.  A co-worker having trouble troubleshooting a furnace repair issue?  Call Jack.  A neighbor repairing a car, lawn mower, or whatever?  Jack will know how to help me.  But, in the grand scheme of things, if he was sitting with you in a diner, or at Thanksgiving dinner, sitting on the porch, or Ubering you somewhere, the story itself was fairly immaterial.  The story was just a tool. 

Time. 

The important underlying theme of these stories, many times, had nothing to do with the events, plot, or characters within the story.  Time was what mattered.  The time spent together. 

And now, the scarce commodity that time is here on this Earth; fragile, fleeting, and oh so precious…is no longer a concern or an issue.  His faith in Jesus has confirmed his eternity.  He will now have plenty of time…all of eternity…to spend with Jesus, with Bonnie, and with all of the friends and family that have gone before him…and with all of us who are mourning his passing today.  We will miss him while we are still here.  But, the knowledge of God’s love, grace, and mercy assures us that we shall see him again.  Put on a fresh pot of coffee Jack…we look forward to the new stories that I know you can’t wait to tell us.

Committal Service will be held Thursday, October 6, 2022, 11:15am,  Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area C. 

 


Services

Committal Ceremony
Thursday
October 6, 2022

11:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 S Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO 80235

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