Paul Ward

May 22, 1926 – May 6, 2008

Paul R. Ward, 81, of Sweet Home died May 6, 2008. He was born May 22, 1926 in Sioux City, Iowa to Paul Dewey and Evelyn (Woodruff) Ward.

He was raised in Sioux City until he was 17 years old. Mr. Ward enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 26, 1943 and retired in 1972 as a chief petty officer. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He served as a Chief Engineman Mechanic receiving the Good Conduct Seventh Award and the Navy Achievement Medal.

He lived in several different states throughout his Naval career until retiring in San Diego, Calif. He moved to LaPine in 1982 and finally to Sweet Home in 2005.

Mr. Ward worked for 10 years as a boiler mechanic for San Diego Gas and Electric. He was a member of American Legion Post 45 in LaPine.

He was a loving and caring husband, father and friend. He loved the Navy, ocean, nature, watching God’s creations and traveling the world. He was a good neighbor and always had a kind word for everyone he met.

Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Lois Ward of Sweet Home; children, Richard P. Ward and Betty A. Thomas, both of San Diego, and Paula J. Robinson of Kelso, Wash., three stepsons, Ed Cantrell of Turner, David Cantrell of Aloha and Robert Cantrell of California; sister Mary Morhart of Holden, Mo.; nephew Raymond Foote of Palm Springs, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and former spouse Audrey Ward of San Diego.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary M. LaBlue, who died in 2008; and sister Evelyn Foote.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements