William C. "Bill" Ward - RIP

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Tuesday, September 04, 2018 - 07:33 pm:  Edit

Bill Ward

Chief Warrant Officer 2 (Retired) William “Bill” C Ward died peacefully at the age of 89 at home in Escondido, California on 9 May 2018. He survived three wars, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam before passing away from heart failure both physically and emotionally over the loss of his beloved wife, Kazuko Ward on 1 January 2004. He was a wonderful and steadfast husband; taking such great care of his ailing wife for many years before she passed. He was also a loving father, a genuine mentor, a true friend, and an amazing man to so many.

Born 19 April 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, he survived life on the streets as a runaway before joining the Army at the youngest of age. He made a career of it, as a Military Policeman, a CID Agent, and an Interpreter to name just a few of his duties during his 28-year career. He traveled as often as the service would allow and almost always managed to take his family with him. He retired from the service in 1972 with a WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star, and 3 Good Conduct Medals, before making Vista, California his home and began B & K Engraving Trophy putting his master engraver skills to use. Deciding to retire again, he moved his family to Rainbow, California to live in the country and soon found himself as the general manager of the California Koi Farm in Fallbrook, California for many years. After his wife took ill, it was time to downsize and move to San Jacinto, California for a brief seven years before her passing. It was now time to move on again, this time alone.

He followed his son to Kona, Hawaii and fell in love with island life. He was rejuvenated in the sun, by the slower pace and peacefulness of small village life and almost immediately became accepted as a local. Bill Ward never met a stranger! He thrived there until age started to catch up with him, as it does with us all and it was time to move back to the mainland to be with his daughter and reconnect with old friends.

He is survived by his son, Rex A Ward (Amy) and daughter, Nozomi Laughy (Craig), nine grandchildren Carly, Michael, Scott (Rex) and Jordie, Jardine, Ellie, Emmaclaire (Amy) and Corey, Cassidy (Craig) and four great-grandchildren Jade, Gavin, Elsie (Michael) and Zellie Rose (Jardine).

He was laid to rest at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego California on 13 July 2018 with full military honors. Honor Guard service commenced at 11:30 sharp, followed by an interment side gathering and concluding with Celebrating a Life Well Lived!


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