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Willie Ward

Born: 10/6/1934

Died: 12/7/2007

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Willie Ward passed away December 7, 2007. He was born October 6, 1934, a few miles east of Honobia to Ramsey and Magdiline Ludlow Ward. Born a humble beginning, he died a valiant man in whom there was no evil or wickedness.

After his mother’s death, Willie was sent to Goodland Boys Home. He was placed on a train in Talihina and traveled all alone to Hugo at the age of 6. While at Goodland, Willie learned to work and save money. He bought his first guitar and taught himself to play. He also learned to play the fiddle.

After graduating from high school he entered the Army, which turned out to be the biggest influence in his life. He served over four years of duty overseas - Germany, Korea and Vietnam. He earned a good conduct medal, 1st through 4th medals, Vietnam service medal with four bronze stars, Armed forces expeditionary medal - Korea, and Vietnam cross of gallantry with palm. He was discharged from Fort Carson, Colorado, after 23 years, 8 months and 24 days. Willie flew the American flag every 4th of July, Memorial Day and Flag Day with true patriotic pride. The United States has lost a great American and a true friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.

Survivors include a sister, Jane Napier of Washington; half-brothers and sisters, Jerry Ward of Talihina, Dora Edith Ward of Honobia, Eva Nell Kaydle of Tulsa, Mina Collins of Florida, Dale Ward of Honobia; several nieces, nephews and cousins.