James R. Ward
June 26, 1940 - February 27, 2013
James R. Ward, 72, of Payson, formerly of Glendale, Ariz., went home to Glory to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Feb. 27, 2013.
Mr. Ward was born June 26, 1940 in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Robert and Lucille Ward. He graduated from DeVilbiss High School class of 1959.
After a bit of college, he married his high school sweetheart and started working in the wholesale beauty supply industry selling supplies and equipment to salons and schools. He tried opening his own supply house and then decided to move with his family to Arizona from their seven-acre horse property in Swanton, Ohio in 1971.
He held sales and sales management and warehouse management positions at Phoenix Beauty Supply in Phoenix until moving to Strawberry in 1994. There, at the urging of a close friend, he began a new career as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty where he was still employed. A Realtor for 15 years, he earned a number of awards during that time and enjoyed the folks he worked with.
Mr. Ward was preceded in death by both his sister and brother. He is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Dee (Dorette). She worked alongside him, as a Realtor, assisting him for the last 10 years.
He enjoyed his horses, dogs, motorcycles, boating, fishing, hunting, golfing, family fun and get-togethers over the years. He was bit by the “cruise bug” in later years and he and Dee really enjoyed several of them to the max!
Mr. Ward is also survived by his sons, Jim Ward, Jr. (his wife, Mardi) and Greg Ward (his wife, Nancy). He considered Mardi and Nancy the daughters he never had. Also surviving are four grandsons, Branden, Chase (his wife, Gina), Garrett and Jacob Ward; four great-grandchildren, Chastity, Harmony, Evan and Zoey; a cousin; and a number of nieces and nephews and their children, in California.
Donations can be made to the Humane Society of Central Arizona in his name.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at Strawberry Chapel in the Pines in Strawberry..