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Russel Cleo Ward, 81, of 900 Taylor Ave., died at 2:40p.m., 
Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital. Mr.Ward was born in Jefferson County 
IL., on Sept. 23, 1896, the son of John A. and Minnie Myrtle (Estes) Ward. 
He was married to Virginia (Jennie) Kathleen Dale in Dixon, IL., on May 
29,1920. She survives. Mr. Ward served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army 
during World War 1. He was a member of the Amercan Legion Post 141. He 
also was a member of the First Baptist Church and of the Masons. Mr. 
Ward was the owner of Ward Insurance Co. for many years. Funeral Services 
will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Myers-Burial Chapal, with the Rev. 
Larry Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends 
may call at the funeral chapel after 6 p.m. Saturday. In addition to his 
wife,(Jennie), Mr. Ward is survived by two sons, Robert D. Ward, Mt. 
Vernon, and John "Jack" R. Ward, Mt. Vernon: two half brothers, Lester 
Walker,Mt. Vernon, and Homer Walker, California; five grandchildren and 
nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a half-brother, 
Arthur Walker, and his step father , Wesley Walker. 

Abt. 3-3-1978 Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by Steven Kent Ward
Relationship: Grandson


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