John R. "Jack" Ward
John R. "Jack" Ward, 61,Route 5, died at 8:30 a.m. at his home. 

He was born in Rockford, Il., on March 15, 1923, the son of Russel C. and 
Virginia K.(Dale) Ward. On Dec. 24th, 1947, in Mt Vernon, IL., he married 
Leola Baydean Poston, who preceded him in death on Sept. 22nd, 1981. 

Private graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery 
with the Rev. Jerry Owens officiating. No public visitation will be held. For those 
who wish, memorials may be made to the Jefferson County Heart Fund and will be 
accepted at the Hughey Funeral Home, where the arrangements have been made. 

Survivors include two sons, Paul R. Ward and his wife, Peggy, and Steven K. Ward 
and his wife, Joyce, all of Mt. Vernon; one daughter, Mrs. James (Frances) McDermott Jr. 
of Mt.Vernon; one brother, Robert D. Ward of Mt. Vernon; 10 grandchildren; and several 
nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Ward attended the First Church of God. He was employed in the maintenance department 
at the city park until he became ill. He was a Army Veteran of World War II, a member 
of The American Legion Post 141 and of the Turner Roehm Amvets Post 4. 

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by Steven Kent Ward
Relationship: Son

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