ST. JOSEPH – Stan Ward, 61, of St. Joseph passed away at 1:48 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 9, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
A celebration of Stan's life will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave. St. Joseph; the celebration will continue from 3 to 5 p.m. at the St. Joseph Township Building in St. Joseph.
Stan was born July 18, 1952, at Paris, Ill., the son of Charles E. and Catherine Fields Ward. He married Janet Hershberger on Sept. 18, 1976, in Urbana. She survives.
He is also survived by two daughters, Jamie (Jason) Childers of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jessica Ward of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Ryan and Owen Childers and Ian Wicks, and one brother, Edward (Karen) Ward of Gifford.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Stan's favorite thing to do was spending time with his grandchildren and taking them to Steak and Shake and Cracker Barrel. Stan enjoyed a good time and liked to play as hard as he worked.
Memorials may be made to the education fund for Stan's grandchildren.