Luther Ward

Luther Ward

Sunday, September 3rd, 1933 - Monday, June 24th, 2019
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Ward, Luther age 85 and a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids MI, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Monday. He suffered from Kidney failure and Alzheimers disease. Luther was born on September 3, 1933, in Grand Rapids, MI. As a youngster he participated in Youth Commonwealth and a boys club at the YMCA, where he was exceptional at table tennis, pool, and basketball. He attended South High School and Grand Rapids Community College. He served in the army for two years prior to his thirty year career as a truant officer for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. He was a member of TA-WA-Si. Luther was a longstanding member of Grace Christian Reformed Church, where he served as deacon. He was also a member of the building fundraising committee, and served in the food pantry. Luther was a board member of Baxter Community Center, and a leader in Neighborhood Youth Corps, where he mentored numerous teens. He was well-known for barbecued ribs, which he cooked for family, friends, and fundraisers at Festival and for Baxter Center. Luther was preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Jessie (Harris) Ward, as well as his brothers, Grover, Norman, Chester, and Cedric, and several cousins. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Diane (Vos), and his five children: Julie and Jerome, David and Elizabeth (Edwards), Brian and Heike (Oesker), Karen and Tim Walworth, Leigh and Thomas Word. Also remembering him will be his sisters-in-law Nellie (Vos) and Robert Sullivan, Sandra Ward, Sherrie, and special cousin Lois Tucker, special niece Michelle Rodwell, and special nephew Kaden Sullivan, and many other cousins, nieces and nephews. Grandchildren are David, Kristen, Eric, Matthew, Chelsea, Thomas, Hayden, Madison, Gavin, and great grandson Cameron. Many thanks for the wonderful staff and volunteer at Faith Hospice. Luther has been cremated. the family will have a memorial service on August 10, at 11:00 AM, at Grace Christian Reformed Church, 100 Buckley Ave, SE. If you wish to donate, please consider Faith Hospice or the Grand Rapids Study Club. Luther's humor was well known at Rose's, New Beginnings, and the Grace Church food pantry. He was a kind soul, the legacy of which he passed onto his children. Luther always exuded a positive attitude, even throughout his illness.
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