William McKinley Ward
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William McKinley Ward
  • March 29, 1925 - December 27, 2017
  • Dayton, Ohio

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William "Bill" Ward passed away peacefully at Hospice of Dayton on Wednesday, Dec. 27,
2017. Born in 1925 to Abby and Everett Ward in Earnestville, Kentucky, Bill was one of
nine children who helped on the family's tobacco farm. At the age of 17, he moved north to
Dayton, Ohio, where he worked on the line at Frigidaire/General Motors for the next 44
years except for a stint in the U.S. Army, where he served on a Medic boat in the South
Pacific. Before settling down Bill traveled cross country on his Harley Hog covering
thousands of miles out west in places like Yellowstone Park. He had a special love for the
outdoors as a hunter and fisherman and shared that love with his four daughters and
grandkids. Special fishing spots included the Manistee River and Lake Huron in Michigan,
Stillwater River and Ceasar's Creek in Ohio, and the streams around his boyhood home in
McKee, Kentucky. His hand-painted wooden lures were effective in catching those large
freshwater fish or 'hogs' as he would call them. Bill also enjoyed hiking in the woods
hunting for morels. Also known as the 'Candy Man', Bill was frequently seen passing out
Sweet Stripes peppermint candies to passersby whenever he was out and about. He loved
to make others chuckle and was known to have some of the corniest jokes ever. Surviving
Bill are his beloved wife of 66 years Dorothy (Dottie), four daughters: Carolyn (Steve)
Cartwright, Susan (Tom) Schmidt, Janet (Gordon) Brown, Theresa (Gerald) Yoder and eight
grandchildren who all knew him as Pawpaw: Stephanie Zimmer, Christina Cartwright, Alex
and Erik Schmidt, Rebekah Kitterman, Rachel Watts, Sarah Ruth Furrow and Garrett Yoder and siblings: Harold Ward, Helen Sizemore and Shirley Stidham. Thank you, Dad, for instilling in us a strong work ethic and showing us the fun side of life with a wonderful sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Dayton.