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Jerry L. Ward

September 2, 1936 ~ August 7, 2021 (age 84)


Jerry L. Ward, 84, of Westfield, passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Copper Trace in Westfield.  He was born on September 2, 1936 to James and Eva (Tillmans) Ward in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Jerry graduated from Pekin Community High School.  He volunteered for the draft and proudly served his country in the United States Army.  Jerry worked in sales & marketing for Gerber Products Co., retiring in 1990 as VP of General Merchandise Sales.  He was a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader.  Jerry was a member of Fremont United Methodist Church where he served on various church committees and as administrative board chairman.  He enjoyed golf, duck hunting, boating on Lake Michigan, traveling, and both cross-country and downhill skiing.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Audrey Mae Ward; daughters, Karen Jo (Robert) Roelofs, Linda Marie (Mark) Seitz, and Michelle Lee (Arthur) Schlaud; sister, Jessie Lunini; brothers-in-law, Gerald (Jeanne) Sampen, Kenneth (Darla) Sampen, and Joe Walker; grandchildren, Justin (Abbey) Roelofs, Zachary Roelofs, Eric (Sarah) Seitz, Nathan Schlaud, Jason Schlaud, Allyson (Drew) Silverthorn, Stacey (Matt) Draper, and Amy (Taylor) Walsh; great-grandchildren, Claire & Emma Seitz and Elijah Draper; as well as many wonderful nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his brother, James August (Jeanne) Ward; sister, Jacqueline Walker; brother-in-law, John Lunini; and his in-laws, Albert H. and Flossie M. Sampen.

A memorial service is being planned at 11:00 am on May 14, 2022 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, in Noblesville, Indiana.  Specific details to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fremont United Methodist Church, 351 Butterfield St, Fremont, MI 49412 (



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