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Earl Ward

Earl Gene Ward, Jr.

July 22nd, 1970 - May 4th, 2020
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Earl Gene Ward, Jr., age 49 of Rochester, passed away quietly on Monday, May 4, 2020 in Fort Wayne’s Lutheran Hospital.

The son of Earl Ward, Sr. and Judy Ann (Duty) Ward, Earl grew up in the Warsaw area and was a graduate of Warsaw Community High School. He was a metal fabricator by trade and was the owner of Pioneer Metal Works. He was also the co-owner of Should’ve Paid Repossession which he operated with his wife, Angela.

Earl was a motorcycle rider and enthusiast and was a longtime member of both ABATE and the Patriot Guard Riders. He loved time spent on his motorcycle, watching motorcycle races and wrenching on motorcycles or anything with an engine. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and formerly of the Eagles (FOE). He enjoyed fishing, swap meets, loved time spent with his family and loved anything to do with guns.

On May 23, 1998, Earl’s life forever changed when he was married to Angela Prater whom he had dated for more than eight years prior. The two shared many interests, the greatest of which was a love for family. Their family includes Earl’s brother, Mike (Tina) Ward; parents, Earl Sr. and Ann Ward; niece, Haley (Chris Joy) Ward; nephew, Mikey Ward (Destini Carpenter), great niece, Maddie and their pets: Cat, Bootsie and Dog, Roscoe. Also surviving are maternal uncle, Larry (Nancy) Duty; paternal aunts: Ruby Spencer and Helen Hurd; paternal uncles: Cecil “Tip” (Katie) Ward and Bill Ward; numerous cousins including one special cousin, Terry Spencer; brother-in-law, Samuel (Sarah) Prater and good friends including John Tombaugh, Brent (Staci) Reed, Russ Bauer, Pat Brase and Nicole Helfrich. He was preceded in passing by maternal grandparents: Russell and Georgina Duty; paternal grandparents: Cecil and Northie Ward and uncles, Billy Fannin and Dan (Nora) Ward.

Friends may join family for a time of visitation on Friday, May 8th from 3 to 8 p.m. In accordance with state and local guidelines, it is requested that no more than 25 persons attend the visitation at one time and that those in attendance limit their contact and are mindful of personal space. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 9th at 11 a.m. at Titus Funeral Home with Pastor John Lowe officiating. Burial will follow in Claypool Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the food pantry of Ann and Earl Ward, Sr. Non-perishable items will be collected at the funeral home. Monetary gifts may be given directly to Dallas or placed in the drop box at the service.

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  • Visitation

    May 8th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    May 8th, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Titus Funeral Home
    Address
    2000 Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, Indiana 46580
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  • Life Celebration

    May 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    May 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Titus Funeral Home
    Address
    2000 Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, Indiana 46580
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    Officiant
    Pastor John Lowe
  • Interment

    Location
    Graceland Cemetery
    Address
    South Graceland Avenue
    Claypool, IN 46510
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Katrina Saylor

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Was very glad to have Spent a week with him and Angie in Indiana. Was great getting to casino and wayching him and Terry fishb
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Peg Van Meter

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A man that I called Rev. Ward and he would laugh at me. He always had a smile on his face and a jolly nature and glad to call him friend.
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