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Richard Ward

Richard “Rick” Ward, of Xenia, a former Yellow Springs resident, died Monday, March 10, at Hospice of Dayton, where he had been a patient since March 4. He was 47. He was born Oct. 28, 1960, in Xenia, the son of Johnathan and Sandra (Maxwell) Ward.

He trained field trial dogs and will be sadly missed by his dogs, Maggie, Russo, Kolby and Jack. He attended AHOP and was employed with Lowe’s as an outside commercial salesman. He had been a former member of the Moose Lodge.

Rick is survived by his parents, Johnathan and Sandra Ward of Jeffersonville, Ohio; his loving wife, Karen (Merritt) Ward, whom he married Feb. 15, 2002; a brother, Thomas Ward of Jeffersonville, Ohio; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Floyd and Joyce Merritt of Xenia; sister-in-law, Kay (Stephen) Wilson; niece, Tiffany Wilson; nephew, Kenneth (Angela) Wilson of Xenia; several aunts, uncles and cousins, including a close cousin, Gary Wallace.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 14, at AHOP, in Xenia, with interment following in Glen Forest Cemetery, Yellow Springs. Contributions may be made to AHOP or to Hospice of Dayton in Rick’s memory.


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