John R. Ward, 83, Lowville

LOWVILLE, NY – John R. “Jack” Ward, 83, of East Road Extension, died unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, April 24, 2019, at his home. 

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2019, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville, with Dorothy Spear, Lay Minister of Glenfield United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Martinsburg Cemetery.

A gathering at the Lowville VFW will immediately follow the burial. Any food donations may be taken directly to the VFW on Monday morning any time after 9:00 a.m.

Calling hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the funeral home.

He was born Feb. 7, 1936, in Lowville, the son of the late Donald and Emma M. Roy Ward and graduated from Lowville Academy in 1954. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1954-1956 when he was honorably discharged.

He worked construction and worked on the Eisenhower Locks in Massena, NY.

On Dec. 20, 1958, he married Kay E. Watson in the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Morley.

He went to work at Payne Jones in Lowville and retired from Fibermark in 1998 with over 30 years of service.

He was a member of the Glenfield Methodist Church, Lowville B.P.O. E. #1605, Lowville American Legion, and Lowville V.F.W.

He enjoyed spending time with his wife at their camp on Gomer Hill and winters in Alabama. He loved John Deere tractors and baseball, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by four children and their spouses, Michael W. and Darlene Ward of Glenfield, Kirk J. and Patty Ward of Seneca Falls, Phil D. and Cindy Ward of Lowville, Julie A. and Andrew Wetmore of Lowville; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jack was predeceased by his beloved wife Kay who died on April 5, 2011; his siblings, Lila Campbell, Walter, Richard, William, and Yvonne O’Neil.

Contributions may be made to Glenfield United Methodist Church or to the Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, Lowville VFW, West State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.

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