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Obituary for Billy Ray Ward

Bill Ward, age 87, of Joplin, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at his home surrounded by family.

Bill was born on January 26, 1932 in Gainesville, Tx to Samuel Ward and Myrtle Wilson Ward. He was united in marriage to Jean Semisch on June 8, 1952 in Leon, Ks.

Bill was a member of the Army. He served his country in Korea. He was a member of the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Forest Park Baptist church. Bill sold advertising for all the local TV stations, retiring from KSN in 1999. He loved to help friends running for political office with their ads. He had lots of hobbies including golfing, flying, and fishing.

Survivors include his wife Jean of the home, one daughter, Mica Neely of Joplin, and Son, Eric Ward and wife Vickie of Willard Mo,. Two grandchildren; Brandon and wife Erin, and Chelsie and husband Jake, and three great-grandchildren; Emma, Jaylee, and Ava. One brother, Herb Ward and wife Vivian, of Wichita, Ks., and one sister Mary Scheerger and husband Jim of Wellington, Ks. He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Ward and mother Myrtle Wilson Ward, and six brothers and one sister, and one grandchild, Caleb Neely.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11 am, at Forest Park Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10-11 am, at Forest Park Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association and may be entrusted to the mortuary.