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Martin J. Ward

Born: 12/2/1908

Died: 6/13/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Martin J. Ward, 95, of Marshall, Missouri, passed away June 13, 2004, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. He was born December 2, 1908, in Spiro, Oklahoma, the son of Jefferson D. Ward and Helen I. Hahn Ward.

He married Mildred L. Lembrock on August 21, 1938, in Gilliam. He received a bachelor of science degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and juris doctor degree from College of Law of the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi honorary legal fraternity. He also attended University of Arkansas and Tulsa University.

Admitted to practice in 1935, Mr. Ward was a senior member of Oklahoma State Bar and a member of the Missouri Bar since 1947. He was in private practice in Tulsa and was a district attorney for the price administration office. During World War II, he was an instructor in the U.S. Signal Corps. He was associated in practice in Marshal with CHO Leimbrock until his retirement and afterward with Edward P. Cleary. In 1947, he was appointed a federal administration law judge, hearing black lung cases in Virginia and West Virginia. He was also admitted to practice in the federal courts, U.S. Tax Court, Interstate Commerce Commission and Federal Communications Commission. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, holding various offices within the local church and serving on church conference boards. He was also a former member of the Marshall Optimist Club and Marshall Chamber of Commerce.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Maud H. Skinner and Freida I. Moore, and one brother, Jeff D. Ward.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Ward, of the home; two nieces, Sallie Morton of Marshall and Joyce Kief of Bloomington, Illinois; nephew, Willard Morton of Willowbrook, Illinois; three great-nieces, Leesa Morton, Rebecca Morton and Jessica Morton, all of Marshall; two great-nephews, Stephen Morton of Houston, Texas, and David Morton of Waco, Texas, and other nieces and nephews.

Martin J. Ward