Gary C. Ward, age 74, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 2:24pm at the Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky.
Gary was born on June 25, 1945 in Tiffin, Ohio to James and Violet “Dolly” (Karg) Ward, both of whom are deceased. He married Wanda Foor on August 24, 1968 in Upper Sandusky, and she survives.
He is also survived by his siblings: Joyce (Richard) Shelton of Greenwood, South Carolina, Jeanette (Rodney) VanSickle of Fremont, Howard (Carolyn) Ward of Upper Sandusky, and Linda Pell of Battle Creek, Michigan, along with many nieces and nephews.
Gary was Certified Public Accountant and owned and operated Gary Ward CPA & Associates LLP, along with his partner, Sara Pahl, CPA. Before that Gary was in business with John Houser and together they practiced as Houser and Ward CPA. He also in his earlier days, worked for his father in the family construction business.
He was a 1963 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School, where he lettered in football, and went on to attend Ohio University and then Findlay College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He continued his education at Findlay College in accounting.
Gary served with the 16th Engineering Battalion in Germany with the US Army Corp of Engineers during the Vietnam War. He then continued his service with the Army Reserves retiring after 27 years as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He was over a 50 year member of Trinity United Church of Christ, where he was a deacon, served on the consistory along with many committees throughout the years. Gary was a member and past president of the Lions Club, BPOE #83, founding member of the Wyandot County Economic Development, past board member and treasurer for 10 years with the United Church Homes, the Upper Sandusky Chamber of Commerce, and the Warpole Lodge #176 F&AM for more than 35 years. He also belonged to McCutchen Chapter #96 R.A.M. and Upper Sandusky Council #98 R&SM, all three Masonic groups are located in Upper Sandusky.
Gary enjoyed woodworking, history, working outside, and reading everyday his Wall Street Journal.
Funeral services for Gary C. Ward will be held at 11:00am Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the Trinity Evangelical United Church of Christ in Upper Sandusky with Rev. Brad McKibben officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the church following services.
Visitations will be held on Monday, December 16, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, with a 7:45pm Masonic Service. There will also be 1 hour of visitation on Tuesday at Trinity UCC.
Memorial contributions may be given to Trinity U.C.C. or the American Cancer Society and can be sent to Lucas-Batton, 476 S. Sandusky Ave. Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 43351.
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Trinity United Church of Christ
Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
American Cancer Society