Gerald Eldon Ward “Jerry” was born in Portland, OR on December 10, 1923 to Gerald “Babe” Ward and Vida Cole Ward of Eagle and Star area. He graduated from Star and Eagle schools in 1941 and joined the Navy during World War II. During World War II he was stationed in the South Pacific on a mine sweeper.
Upon his return, he married Verna Frisbee Ward in December of 1946 and was employed by Hopper Motor Company. He later traveled as a food salesman for General Foods Corporation. From 1960 to 1978, he owned his own background music business, Mello-Pak.
In the 1970s, Jerry and Verna built a summer cabin in the pines of Atlanta, Idaho where the entire family spent many fun times and Jerry spent many weekends fishing his favorite fishing holes on the Yuba River in Atlanta. Jerry also enjoyed playing cards.
Jerry and his wife were blessed with a son, Jerry, who was a joy to them throughout their lives. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Verna; his son, Jerry and wife Toni Ward of Boise; a grandson, David (April); a granddaughter, Melissa Bacon (Brad); his great-grandson, Michael Ward and great-granddaughter, Maddie Bacon. He is also survived by three nieces and their families in Oregon and Washington.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father and one brother, Kenneth (Mary) of Roseburg, OR.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Star Cemetery.
1923 - 2016