Walter Martin Ward passed from this life on February 20th with his family at his side.
Walter was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 21, 1938 to Charles and Ava (Strohpaul) Ward. The Ward family moved to Boyne City, Michigan in 1954, his father joining Jim Mathews in their business known as “Jim and Charlies” Auto Service.
Walter began his Freshman year at Boyne City Public Schools until 1957. On July 4th, 1957 he married Ann Louise (Spencer) and they had two sons, Martin in 1958 and Todd in 1963.
Walter loved the outdoors, he learned how to fly an airplane, ski, sail and because of this, Walt had a long career in the outdoor sporting industry. He worked as a ski instructor at Boyne Mountain, Nubs Nob, Otsego Ski Club. He also loved to sail, and this led him to work for the Irish Boat Shop in Charlevoix. Walt retired in 2000 after working several years as Regional Sales Rep. for several national outdoor sporting equipment manufactures.
Walter is survived by his wife Ann, his son’s Martin and Todd, two sisters, Judy Gerrie and Janet Gardner (Gary Leist) and one brother Charles Dennis Ward (Norvieta), Sisters in law Mary Karl (Paul), Betty Spencer, Brothers-in -law Robert Spencer, Harley (Dan) Hall. Also, many nieces and nephews.
Walt was preceded in death by his Mother and Father, sisters Reta Vanderlaan of Grand Rapids, and Lucinda Hall of Boyne City, Brother-in-law Jack Gerrie, Mother in law and Father in law Frank and Peg Spencer.
Services have been postponed until a later date due to health concerns about the coronavirus. When a new service time is set Stackus Funeral Home will announce.
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