James Lee Ward, age 76, of Winona, MN, passed away Monday, December 31, 2007, at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a long illness.
He was born on January 12, 1931, in Sulphur, OK, to Willie John and Mary Ann (Koller) Ward. James married Mary J. Porter on May 10, 1952, in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Mary preceded him in death on May 1, 2004.
James honorably served his country in the United States Army, during the Korean War. He worked for Brom's Foundry, delivered milk for Land O' Lakes, owned and operated Jim's Mileage, and drove semi for many trucking companies; the most recent companies include Tom Conway Trucking, Fitszimmons Trucking and Rochester Cartage.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Winona, and the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post #9 of Winona.
James was a loving husband, father, and a devoted "Papa," who loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his five children, James (Katherine) Ward, Crystal, MN, Susan (Keary) Glenna, Winona, MN, Elizabeth Ward, Winona, MN, Daniel (JoAnne) Ward, Holmen, WI, and Kathryn (Jeff) Stier, Fountain City, WI; 12 grandchildren, Heather Hutchins, Patrick Ward, Heath Ward, Melinda (Jody) Niemeyer, Melissa (Jason) Lajter, Courtney (Robert) Walker, Callie Glenna, Kayla Ward, Sammy Ward, Jenni Stier, Michelle Lundquist, and Jeffrey Stier, Jr.; 16 great-grandchildren, Bryttanie and Jordan Hutchins; Jasmine Ward; Dylan, Tristan, Kaylee and Carter Niemeyer; Oliver Lajter; Tiana and Robert Walker, Jr.; Hailee Cisewski; Derek, Dalton, Dominic, Damon and Mary Kathryn Lundquist; and his special "Hug Buddy," Brendon Mason; and two brothers, Dale (Judy) Ward, Levelland, TX, and Jerry Ward, Lubbock, TX.
James was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary; his parents; one brother, Billy Ray Ward; and one sister, Anna Scott.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 AM, on Thursday, January 3, 2008, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Reverend William M. Becker officiating. Preliminary Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 3, 2008, at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, where the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post #9 will conduct full military honors.
Friends may call from 4 PM until 7 PM, on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, where a Prayer Service will be held at 6:30 PM. Pallbearers will be Bryon Mason, Jeff Stier, Jr., Heath Ward, Jason Lajter, Jody Niemeyer, and Robert Walker. Honorary Pallbearer will be Patrick Ward.
On-line condolences or memories may be left for James' family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
If tomorrow never finds its way,
and if then we shall depart,
there is a place I've saved for you
in the middle of my heart.
Let's not ever say "good-bye"
because I'm not far behind.
You may someday leave my eyes
but you'll never leave my mind.
When my hair and skin are old and thin,
andmy memory begins to grow too dim,
I'll always have the many fingerprints
you've left so deep within.
Entrusted to our care"”Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home.