Kent Ward


Kent Leroy Ward, 70, of Columbus, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2016, at home, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Ward was born in Bitely, Michigan, November 28, 1945, to the late Chester “Chet” and Laura Bayle Ward.

He married Linda Scheidegger on March 31, 1975, in Newaygo, Michigan.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Linda Ward; children, Paula (Jesse) Clark of Columbus, Karen (Cary) Shineldecker of Ludington, Michigan, Kenneth (Amy) Ward of Fremont, Michigan, Karla (Rod) Flanery of Walkerville, Michigan, and Scott (Jean) Ward of Greenfield, Indiana; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Loris Briggs of Hesperia, Michigan; brothers, Allen (Linda) Ward of Bitely, Michigan, and Brian (Chris) Ward of Witchita Falls, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Kent was preceded in death by a brother, Perry Ward, and a sister, April Simpson.

In keeping with Mr. Ward’s wishes, cremation will take place. A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the Weaver Pavilion in Hesperia, Michigan. Burial will be at East Cemetery, also in Hesperia.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Stand Up for Cancer.

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Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.