Emery F. Ward, Jr., 84, of Sandusky, Ohio, died early Friday morning, Feb. 16, 2007, in Stein Hospice Care Center, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Sandusky. He owned and operated Ward’s Trucking for 32 years and with his wife, Jean, he co-owned and operated the former JU-JE Gift Shoppe for 17 years. He was also the first in Ohio to have mini warehouses, which he owned and operated for more than 35 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, American Legion Post 83, AMVETS Post 17 and the Car Coddlers of Sandusky. He purchased and fully restored his first 1936 Roadster in 1982 and through the years became the largest collector of 1936 Fords in the United States with cars from Florida, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Washington. With each car requiring an average of nine months to restore, he enjoyed traveling throughout the country hunting for parts at swap meets and attending flea markets.
Mr. Ward is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean E. (Dutton) Ward, whom he married Sept. 16, 1946; four sons, James Emery (Suann) Ward of Bellevue, John Wayne (Cherie) Ward of Huron, Jerrold (Kathy) Ward and Jeffrey Ward, both of Sandusky; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Kriss of Sandusky; two brothers, Charles and Richard Ward, both of Sandusky; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his twin sons, in infancy; parents, Emery R. Sr. and Adelma (Kemmerly) Ward; a sister, Adelma Reutter; and a brother, Robert Ward.
Friends will be received from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, with The Rev. Chris Kardzis, of Holy Angels Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Stein Hospice Services Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; or Back To The Wild, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824.
Condolences may be sent to grofffuneralhomes.com.