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Sunday, October 12, 2014

NC/RC (NWA) Robert E. Ward Sr.

Belated notification....this is an ALPA reported death that we had not previously been made aware of.  The ALPA issue month shows when the death was reported. 
Below is what information I could find for (NWA) Capt. Robert E. Ward Sr.   Captain Ward’s obituary notes that he flew for Midwest Airlines before joining Wisconsin Central on May 19, l952. Wisconsin Central became North Central Airlines, then Republic Airlines, and Captain Ward would have retired prior to Republic’s merging with Northwest Airlines.
He is survived by his wife Sheila.  The Ward’s residence address is listed as 
9252 E Cedar Basin Lane , Gold Canyon  AZ 85118-4765  ...  (480) 671-7413 
Also,  4504 S Glenview Road , Sioux Falls  SD 57103-4939  ...  (605) 334-1429 
 
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
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  NAME                                      STATUS                 DIED                                        ALPA issue Ward, Robert E.      Captain     in May 2014         Jul-14 NW
 
~ IN MEMORY ~
Army Corps, NC/RC (NWA) Capt. Robert E. Ward Sr.
August 1, 1922 ~ May 8, 2014 
 
Retired captain Robert Ward died Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Gold Canyon, AZ. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. Committal services will be held at 12:15 PM on Friday, June 6, 2014, a Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.
 
Robert E. Ward Sr. was born in Des Moines, Iowa and spent the first 18 years of his life living between there and Chicago, Illinois.
 
He began his career in aviation when he joined the Army Air Corps. He made his first “log book” entry on July 8, 1942. After he was honorably discharged from the service he instructed Air Force students, then, instructed students at Stephens College in Missouri. When he moved back to Iowa he ran a private airport. Bob became a pilot for Midwest Airlines before joining Wisconsin Central on May 19, l952. The airline later became North Central Airlines and then Republic Airlines (Now Delta Airlines). After retirement from Republic Airlines he flew for several private companies in and around Sioux Falls, SD. By the time he stopped flying he had logged more than 30,000 hours of flight time. He loved to fly, and was a great aviator!!!
 
He loved life to the fullest. Many years of retirement were spent doing all the things he loved golfing, building, traveling, computers, reading, and buying cars, trailers, motor homes etc. Most of his later years were spent enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the EL Riad Shrine, the American Legion, EAA and various other organizations.
 
He is survived by his loving wife, Sheila (Bemiing) Ward; children, Steve Ward ( Linda), Nikki Ward, Cyndee Ward, Robert E. Ward Jr (Joanne); step-children, Cynthia Knaeble, Craig D. Johnson, and Cathryn Radel (Brett Jorgensen); grandchildren, Tena Dameron (Dennis), Casey Drake (Ethan), Katherine Robiadek (Issac), Robert E. Ward, David Robiadek, Joe Knaeble, Megan Reynolds (Mike), Erin Olson (Kevin), 6 Great-grandchildren, and first wife Jean (Bray) Ward.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother, Maude; father, Everett; and step-father Gilbert Ward.
 

Memorial Service:  Thursday June 5, 2014, 2:00 PM at George Boom Funeral Home 

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