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“Ben was my oldest and dearest friend. We grew up together in Alta Sita and we often talked about our adventures together as children. We shared so...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: James L. (Jim) Boyd - Columbia, IL

“To Donna and family we share your sadness at this time and want you to know you will all be in our prayers and that the grace of God will see you...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Frank & Susie Petru - Saint Louis, MO

“Ben was a great man and I'm glad I got to know him. He grew up and went to school with my parents and my aunts and uncles, and told me many stories...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Randal Hoge - Granite city, IL

“Ben was one of the first people to make us feel welcome when we began attending his church in Granite City, and as we continued to attend, we joined...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Lynn & Faye Hester - St. Charles, MO

“Ben was an awesome guy! Everyone loved Ben. He always had a joke for everyone. He loved the Lord with all his heart. Thank you Ben for letting us be...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Steve & Marianne James - IL


Benjamin Edmond Ward, 79, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:24 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Gateway Regional Medical Center. He was born October 25, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of the late Avery and Marie (Walker) Ward. He married Donna R. (Day) Ward on September 3, 1955 at the Winstanley Baptist Church in East St. Louis and she survives. He retired in April 1999 from Big River Zinc after 27 years of dedicated service as a maintenance mechanic. He proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict with the United States Marine Corp. He was a dedicated and faithful member of Granite City Masonic Triple Lodge #835 where he had served as an Honorary Past Master and was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois and York Rite Shrine. He enjoyed his days of bargaining at the pawnshops and visiting Goodwill which he called the library. He had a fascination for gadgets and electronics and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. In addition to his beloved wife of 58 cherished years, he is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Aloysius Petru of Rolla, Missouri; one son and daughter-in-law, Stephen D. and Kathleen Ward of Staunton; five grandchildren and their spouses, AJ and Julie Petru and Sarah and Robert Eads of Rolla and Eli, Nathaniel and Zachary Ward of Staunton; one sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Charles Hahne of Creve Coeur, Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Bill Hauser of Arizona and Ralph Day of Florida; one sister-in-law, Jeannie Ward of Springfield, Illinois; other extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Carol Hauser and Doris Burkhead and two brothers, James and Rex Ward. In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, September 6, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at Irwin Chapel on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Tom Hufty officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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