In Memory of

Kenneth W. Ward

December 18, 1924 - December 17, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA

Kenneth William Ward was born December 18, 1924 in Waynesburg, PA. He was the first of four sons born to Clyde and Helen (Hoy) Ward. Kenneth graduated from high school in 1942. He enlisted in the Army in June 1943 and served in New Guinea as a Medic until he was discharged in 1946.

 He received his B.A. degree from Waynesburg College in 1950. Kenneth was united in marriage to Anna Mae Kokako in McKeesport, PA. They had two daughters, Deborah and Melanie. Kenneth was employed by General Motors for 39 years until his retirement.

 Ken was active in the First Presbyterian Church in McKeesport. He sang in the choir and taught junior high Sunday school. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

On Monday, December 17, 2018, Ken passed away at his residence in Cherokee at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife of 60 years, Anna Mae; his daughter, Deborah and son-in-law, Ali Al Mattar; brother, Carl Ward; In-laws, Sam and Jean Kay, Bill Kokayko, George and Darlene  Kay, and Virginia Ward.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Tim and Melanie Rice of Cherokee, IA; his grandchildren, Jennah (Barrack) Al Mattar Egalila, Kuwait, Renimah Al Mattar of L.A. California, Deannah (Ahmad) Al-Rumeh of Miami, FL, Carissa (Jesse) Eret, Papillion, Nebraska, Joshua (Hope) Rice, Austin, Texas, and Jonathan Rice, Cherokee, IA; his great-grandchildren, Yousef, Reyannah, Joah Al Mattar, and Lucy, Amelie, Zoey, and Pennelope Eret; brothers, David Ward of Florida, Glenn (Marie) Ward of California; sisters-in-law, Betty Ward of Waynesburg, PA, Mary Ellen (Jack) Keppick of Virginia; and other extended family and friends.
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Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2018, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.

Pastor Eric Wright
Tim Rice
Jon Rice
Dan Winchell
Bruce Edmundsen
Jesse Eret
John Comstock
Visitation wil begin at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Oakhill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa

Military rites will be conducted by
VFW L.A. Westcott Post#2253 and
the Cherokee American Legion


Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 9:22 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you my deepest condolences. God bless you!”
- Jasmine
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“Tim & Melanie

May the Lord bless and be with you in this time of sorrow and sadness.

And as you remember the wonderful promise of the gospel, may your hearts be filled with the tremendous comfort of Jesus Christ.

In peace, I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4.8”
- Pastor Dan Donovan
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“Our prayers are with you all at the loss of your Dad and Grandad. May the One who is the Resurrection and the Life be your comfort at your his home-going. Both Gretchen and Heidi, when they heard, wished to express their sincere condolences as well!”
- Matthew, Doris, Gretchen and Heidi
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“Dear beloved family---May our Lord Jesus, who is our Resurrection and Life, be your constant comfort at the loss of your Dad and Granddad! When Gretchen and Heidi heard, they too, wanted you to know of their sincere concern and condolences. God bless you all! ”
- Matthew, Doris, Gretchen & Heidi
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