Richard "Rick" Wilhite Ward, 76, of Grand Junction, Colorado, formally of Huntsville, Missouri passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado.
Rick was born September 24, 1945 in Moberly, Missouri, the fourth son of Mont William Ward and Charlotte Loraine (Wilhite) Ward. On July 11, 1965 at First Baptist Church in Huntsville, Missouri he married Susan Leslie Hedges who survives of the home.
Rick graduated from Westran High School, class of 1963, taking a job with Norfolk-Western Railroad for one year until he was employed by Peabody Coal Company. Rick was drafted into the US Army in 1967 serving 2 years active duty. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, he returned to Peabody Coal Company retiring after 25 years service.
Rick's retirement included farming in Colorado and consulting for mining companies in Colorado, Kentucky and Alabama. In 1996 Rick and 2 partners opened TS Landfill and added Bruin Waste Management. They sold the companies in the spring of 2021 which provided him more time on his Missouri farm with family and friends.
Rick was named Citizen of the Year 1992 in Nucla, Colorado; he was a member of First Baptist Church, Huntsville, MO; he loved playing poker with his lifelong buddies in Missouri and driving his tractor. Most of all, his enjoyment came from fishing with family and friends, especially his grandchildren, teaching them his special techniques and tricks.
Rick had a reputation as an intelligent, hardworking, dedicated employee and leader. He had a strong work ethic, seasoned with a kind giving attitude which produced a life of loyal friends.
Rick is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Susan; a daughter, Charla (David) Steffan of Naturita, CO; a son Ross Ward (Kate) of Grand Junction, CO; four grandchildren; Brice, Shalyn, Graden Steffan, Rhett Ward; two brothers, David Ward, Huntsville, MO, Duke Ward, Prospect, KY, two sister-in-laws, Jane Ward, Kansas City, MO, Jane Webster, Pittsburg, KS; several nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by both parents and brother, Charlie Ward.
Life for those who knew and loved Rick will never be the same, but we take comfort in God's promise that we will be blessed with his presence again. John 16:22
Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville, MO
First Baptist Church Huntsville, MO.
301 S Main Street
Huntsville, MO 65259
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital