John R. Ward, Sr., 89, of Albany died Monday at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Born in Spring Lake, N.J. to Lot, Jr. and Florence (Woolston) Ward. John was raised in New Jersey, graduated from the University of Vermont, and lived in British Columbia. He served in the Peace Corps from 1963 to 1965 in Tunisia, North Africa where he met and married Lucia Espinoza on February 5th, 1965.
John received his Master’s Degree in Education from Utah State University and moved to Mosier, Ore., where he resided and taught for 45 years. John and Lucia most recently have lived in Albany.
John was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and held various positions in the church. He was a member of the Lions Club, the American Legion, Mosier Grange, Oregon Retired Educators Association, and the Oregon Small Woodlands Association. John was a Marine Corps veteran of WWII.
Survivors include his wife Lucia of Albany; daughters Alicia Satey and her husband Pedro of Adair Village, Ore., and Cecilia Ward of Monmouth, Ore.; son John Ward, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Albany; and grandchildren Michael Shouse, T.J. Ward, and Lauren and Sarah Ward. John was preceded in death by his parents and brother Thomas.
A graveside service will be at 11am Monday, May 18th, 2015 at the Mosier Cemetery on State Road in Mosier, Ore. Donations in the name of John may be sent to the Mosier Grange Scholarship Fund at 8200 Hwy 30 W, The Dalles, OR 97058. Online condolences for the family may be posted at www.fisherfuneralhome.com.
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