Gerald (Jerry) Dwight Ward, 83, passed away to his heavenly home with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 21, 1937 in Oakland, California.
Jerry was very proud of his Choctaw Nation Native American Indian heritage out of Oklahoma. He grew up in Alice, surrounded and loved by his sister, brother, aunts, uncles and cousins. He joined the United States Air Force when he was eighteen and became an aircraft and jet engine mechanic.
After his service in the military, he returned home to his family in Seadrift. He spent years working at Kingfisher Marine and Alcoa. His passion of firearms, hunting and fishing led him to open his own business as a federal firearms dealer in Seadrift, Ward’s Gun Clinic. He also co-owned a business with his brother Mike Ward Sr., Ward’s A/C and Refrigeration, located in Port Lavaca. He also owned and operated a shrimp boat he built. He took pride in helping others, and supported the local community sports teams also. He loved being around family. Later in years, he moved to Seguin and met his loving wife, Ruth. Together, they built “McQueeney Ice” plant in 1986 and he became known locally as “Ice Man”.
After retiring he was always tinkering with projects. He made friends everywhere he went; no one was a stranger. He loved spending time at the Hunting Camp with good food, family and friends. He was an avid reader of western novels and surely enjoyed a good game of dominos. He spent decades hunting and fishing in, around, and outside of Calhoun County, including Colorado. He dearly loved reminiscing of his infamous tales about his hunting and fishing trips with his buddies, friends and family.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years and 20 days, Ruth; daughter, Susan Jine and her husband, Gene of Huntsville; stepson, Eric Torans and his wife, Kim of Lytle; stepdaughter, Darnell Sooter and her husband, Vernon III, of Livingston; sister, Phyllis Squyres, of Port Lavaca; brother, Mike Ward Sr. and his wife, Mary Lou. Also, from Port Lavaca, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nona Marie Swanson Boyd; father, Troy Clodus Ward; granddaughter, Lindsey Marie Rogers; nephew and hunting buddy, Stanley Boyd Payne; and niece, Michawn Lynnette Ward.
His presence and personality will be sorely missed. He will forever be loved by the many lives he touched with his time on earth.
Public viewing and visitation will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at Zoeller Funeral Home, located at 615 Landa St. in New Braunfels. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Zoeller Funeral Home. Committal service with Air Force Honors will be held March 5, at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park, located at 2951 TX Hwy 46 in New Braunfels. It will also be live streamed via Zoeller Funeral Home on Facebook for those that cannot attend the funeral. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/new-braunfels-tx/gerald-ward-10069854