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John 'Jack' Ward, Age 78, of Amboy, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Monday, September 11, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Jackson Lake Lutheran Church in Amboy with Pastor Todd Substad officiating. Burial will be in the Jackson Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home of New Ulm is handling the arrangements. To leave on-line condolences for his family, please visit www.MVFH.org.
John Stanley Ward was born December 6, 1938 in Mapleton, MN to Stanley and Cecelia (Fitterer) Ward. Jack grew up in Mapleton and Garden City, MN. He graduated from Garden City High School and received his Automotive Degree from Mankato Technical College. Jack worked at Alleven Automotive Ford, Anderson Pontiac, Volkswagen and Loveall Construction before he joined Honey Mead where he retired from after over 30 years as an Over the Road Truck Driver and Plant Employee. In retirement, Jack worked at MPI Farms in Amboy. He also owned his own Arctic Cat snowmobile dealership from1984 to 2000.
In 1960, he married Charlotte (Curry) Davis; together they had two children, Bruce and Jacqueline. Jack married Arlis (nee Larson) Lawson in 1974; she passed away unexpectedly in 2006. In addition to Arlis, Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth; mother-in-law, Clarice Larson; sister-in-law, Linda; and step-grandson, Tanner Goodrich.
Jack is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ward; children, Bruce (Jeannie) Ward, Jacqueline Ward; step-children, Mike (Gretchen) Lawson, Scott Lawson, Jana Lawson, Cara Holmgren, Tatum (Ryan) Scharfencamp, Annie (Kyle Erickson) Joel, James Joel, and Daniel Joel; four grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren with a fourth baby Ward arriving in January, 8 step-grandchildren; siblings, Joe (Judy) Ward, Jerry (Peg) Ward, Jim (Susan) Ward and Mary (Joe) McCarty. Jack is also survived by his loyal K9-companions, Molly and Lola.
Jack enjoyed snowmobiling, camping and NASCAR racing. He was a member of Jackson Lake Lutheran Church and served as a church board member.
A special thank you to the Nurses and Staff of Mayo Hospice for the wonderful care and support provided to Jack and family.
Jack will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. We know he has found eternal peace with our Lord.
Published on September 13, 2017
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