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Donald Ray Ward Jr.
December 15, 1945 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Donald Ray Ward Jr., 78, of Arkansas City, KS passed away Thursday, January 11, 2024 at Presbyterian Manor of Arkansas City.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bible Christian Church or the Early Bird Lions Club, donations may be left in the care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City.
Donald was born on December 15, 1945 in Anthony, KS to parents Donald and Doris (Houlton) Ward Sr. He attended Arkansas City High School and was enlisted into the US Navy in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1968. Donald was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sara Hockenbury, on March 4, 1971. Don was a member of the Bible Christian Church, the VFW, the Early Bird Lions Club, and NARVE. He enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, watching sports, and traveling to see family. Don could often be found around town telling jokes, selling tickets for the Lions Club, or golfing.
He is survived by his son Eric Ward (Reagan) and granddaughter Elise Ward, siblings Stan Ward, Harry Ward, and Marvie Davis, and numerous nieces and nephews. Don is preceded in death by his wife Sara and his parents, and siblings Glen Ward and Jody Floyd.