Richard Ward

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Richard D. Ward, 95, of Danville, IN (formerly of Winamac, IN) passed away Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Woodland Terrace in Danville.  He was born on August 30, 1927 in Gary, IN to the late Cecil L. and Emma E. [Rhode] Ward.  Richard graduated from North Judson High School in 1946.  He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard the USS Sicily (CVE-118).   After receiving an honorable discharge, he attended the University of Chicago.  On January 29, 1955, Richard married Arlene P. Peters in LaPorte, IN. 

Richard was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Winamac.  He was a mechanic and farmer throughout his life.  In 1984, he retired from US Steel but continued running the family farm until he moved last year.

Richard loved his family very much and will be dearly missed.


He is survived by:

Arlene P. [Peters] Ward, Danville, IN Wife

David K. (Sherilyn) Ward, Cissna Park, IL Son

Debra L. (Brent) Hornaday, Danville, IN Daughter

5 Grandchildren: Emily, Katherine, Jennifer, Teresa, and Jessica

1 Great Granddaughter: Abigail

Several Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

Cecil L. and Emma E. [Rhode] Ward, Parents

2 Brothers: Joseph and Leonard

1 Sister: Hazel



Visitation will be from 3-7 PM EDT Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.


Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Thursday, April 27, 2023 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Lay Leader Barbara Kleinofen officiating. 


Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac, IN.  The American Legion and VFW will conduct Military Graveside Services. 


Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.



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Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

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3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Frain Mortuary - Winamac
305 E Main St.
Winamac, Indiana, United States

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Frain Mortuary - Winamac
305 E Main St.
Winamac, Indiana, United States

Graveside Service

Winamac Cemetery
West Main Street
Winamac, Indiana, United States
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