WARD—Alfred Evans Ward, 95, a long-time resident of Florence, Ore., and Sacramento, Calif., passed away peacefully Oct. 6, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Gena Ward; his parents Thomas Henderson Ward and Lillian Irene Ward; and sisters Kathleen Lillian Ward, Goe and Marjorie Jane Ward Young; and brothers Thomas H. Ward Jr and Charles Edward Ward.
He is survived by his sons Alfred Henderson Ward and Jeffery Dean Ward.
Responding to the nation’s call in World War II, Al joined the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served aboard the USS Bittersweet in the Aleutian Islands. He was always a proud WWII veteran.
Upon returning from the war, he obtained a degree from the University of Southern California taking advantage of the GI Bill.
After college, he joined Aerojet, an aerospace company in Sacramento where, incidentally, his son joined the workforce 20 years later.
An employee that had worked with Al and was still at Aerojet, thought that Al had rejoined the company. Dropping by the office, he remarked, “You haven’t aged a bit!”
Al was a business owner of a series of successful custom/handmade candy stores in Davis, Auburn and Sacramento Calif.,, which made him wildly popular with friends and family.
Tiring of the 24-7 grind of the food business, Al joined the Air Force as a civilian employee until his retirement. Through his 34 years of successful retirement, he loved to travel and work the land he owned.
He owned several pieces of property where he raised chickens, cows, geese and the occasional stray dog, and cultivated the best and largest victory garden since WWII.
He was a kind and loving partner to his spouse Gena, as well as an amazing father.
Al’s favorite saying was “never love something that can’t love you back,” and this is exactly how he choose to live his life. He was always there for his wife and children through their ups and downs, and taught them to enjoy every moment life has to offer.
The family would also like to thank the wonderful staff at Spruce Point in Florence for providing such great care and support for the last four years of Al’s life.
No services are planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.”
—Clarence Budington Kelland