Jerry Wendell Ward

August 14, 1943 - September 7, 2019
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Jerry Wendell Ward was an amazing son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was welcomed into the world in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, on August 14, 1943 by his parents Edith Tennison Ward and Eugene Ward, Jr. Jerry was the middle child of the three Ward boys. Jerry graduated Liberty Morris High School as Valedictorian in 1961. He graduated Northeastern University in Tahlequah in 1965. He married Shirley Ann Wimpey in 1964 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and they moved to Lookeba, Oklahoma to teach and finish their last undergraduate semester. In 1965 they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, and Jerry taught 6th grade. In 1967, they retuned stateside due to health issues and settled in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He finished his Master’s degree from Northeastern University in 1971. Jerry was known best for his many years spent as the Principal of Sunset Elementary. He was a lifelong teacher, saying that he was driven by his desire of “not wanting to pick cotton for a living,” although we all know better. He adamantly believed in the importance of education and was proud to be the first in his family to get a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He was not only a teacher of facts from school texts, but a teacher of life, and people confided in him and trusted his wisdom.
Jerry had passion for four things in his life: hunting, fishing, his family, and teaching, listed in order of priority, which is one reason we love this man so much. Jerry offered comic relief to his friends and family and was known to humorously exaggerate the truth, or as the grandkids say “Papa was lying if he was talking.” His stories where poignant, and his sayings legendary. His extensive knowledge of the Bible was only equaled by his proficient repertoire of curse words. Jerry was also an excellent cook and was known for his beef jerky, homemade wine, and peanut brittle.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Wimpey Ward, the daughter of Edd and Hazel Wimpey. We know it was true love but as he teased that “it helped she had a car and they’d have double paychecks.” They were blissfully married for 55 years. He is also survived by his daughters Rebecca Ann Ward Harjo and Rumanda Kay Ward Young and their families. Rebecca is married to Quanah Harjo and has two children, Nathaniel Parker Harjo and Kiva Eugenia Harjo. Rumanda is married to Jed Young and has four children, Gwendolyn Elise Young, Scarlett Adalyn Young, Annabel Josephine Young, and Juliet Vivienne Young. He is survived by a daughter-in-law, Connie McNamar Ward and her two children, Kendra Joann Ward Johnson and Keri Jecona Ward. In total he leaves behind eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews and other family members. By the Lord’s blessing, he got to meet and love each one. Jerry, Daddy, Papa, Grandpa, and Uncle Jerry will be truly missed, but we will keep his spark and spunk alive.

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Date: September 13, 2019
Time: 11:00 am

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Nina Means
Del city, OK
Sorry to hear about Jerrycondolences and prayers for the family
Steven Ward sr
Morris, OK
Fly high uncle Jerry!!
Cyntha Gilks
Holdenville, OK
Heaven is a much brighter place. Thanks Jerry for being a wonderful grandpa to Nathaniel an Kiva and a wonderful father to Bekki and Quanah.
Bill Reedy
Carnegie, OK
Love & Prayers!!! Mr. Ward was a Very Special Person.  He Touched Many Young People's Lives.
Lisa Ward
Bixby, OK
Rest in peace, my sweet Uncle Jerry!
Bull ward
Eram, OK
You got a domino game to get to ! Love you uncle Jerry !! Bull & Christy ward
Billie Coakley
Okmulgee, OK
You know I love you!
Mickey Bottom
Anadarko, OK
There was always a funny while you were around!!!!!! Thanks for putting up with me at sunset. Loved me some Shirley and Jerry Ward!!!
Patsy Chlouber
Anadarko, OK
So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Was thinking about him Saturday and was talking to my kids about some of the fun times at Sunset. Thanks for all the LAUGHS Jerry. You will be missed.
Monty bryant
Anadarko, OK
What a great man will always remember him
Stephen & Tannille Campbell
Parker, CO
We are saddened to hear of your loss.  Mr. Ward was a great man.  Prayers for the family.
Royce & Rita Dunham
Shattuck, OK
Shirley, we are so sorry for your loss.
Fred trescott
Anadarko, OK
A great man and a good friend he will be miss
Rumanda Young
Fort Worth, TX
Daddy - thank you for finding the strength to stay long enough with us to walk us down the aisle, rock all your grand babies, be the patriarch of the family, and make me peanut brittle...even when you were weary.  I love you.  Your Goose.
Beverly Willhoite
Oklahoma City, OK
A Awesome, Awesome Man And Truly Blessed. My Prayers And Condolences To The Family.
Delbert Morton
Anadarko, OK
Nampa, ID
I'll miss Jerry's laugh even when he was laughing at me, quick wit, and easy friendship.
Edgar Nuckols (Artie)
Odessa, TX
Marta Maldonado
Anadarko, OK
You were one of the best??
Barbara (Watts/Wimpey) Van Camp
Mesa, AZ
Dear cousin Shirley - this is a real shock for me, so sorry for you and the family.  So thrilled we had the time together with him taking us around the Okemah area - a trip I will always cherish and then ending up at your cabin!!! Loved every min. I had with all of you.  Thanks for all you both did, I appreciate it very much! Please keep your eyes on Heaven and know that he will see you again some day!!! Love you!!!
Dana Palesano Morris
Oklahoma City, OK
Mr. Ward was an encouragement to me as an employee of Anadarko Public Schools and to my children as students.  I am thankful I got to talk to him recently at a mutual friend's reception. He is a legend and will be sorely missed. Much love to Shirley, his children and families.
Verdana Stephens
Anadarko, OK
Always a smile and always made me feel important.  Thanks for the memories and the blessing of just having known you.
Steve and Peggy Evans
Fort Cobb, OK
Shirley, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry to hear about Jerry. He was a wonderful man, boss and friend. He will be missed by many.
Kay Wright-Burt
Marlow, OK
Heaven gained another Angel. Prayers for comfort and strength.
Andrea Zunigha
Surprise, AZ
I was lucky that he was not only a cool dad of my friend Becky, but also as my principal.  Would often talk of Okemah as my grandparents lived there. Send thoughts, love and prayers to everyone in the Ward family.
LaTasha Stevenson
Anadarko, OK
Such a very kind, nice, sweet, intelligent, caring, genuine Man.  Was a great principal, father, Uncle, Friend and Humanitarian.  Greatly loved and will be missed.  Prayers for the Family, Friends and Associates
Regina Bare Stephens
Orlando, FL
Condolences.  I still remember him being my principle at Sunset... he was a nice guy.
Tricia (Riddle) Clark
Oklahoma City, OK
Sending my love and prayers to your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Carrol blizard
Dubois, PA
You were such a good person and will be missed
Carrol blizard
Dubois, PA
You were such a good person and will be missed
Butch and Margie Hamilton
Anadarko, OK
Our thoughts and prayers for you, Shirley and your family.
Lonna and Glenna thought he was the best, fond memories of their time at Sunset. He made a difference and made us all laugh at one time or another!!
Anne Watkins Pemberton
Anadarko, OK
I am so thankful that I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Ward, he was an awesome person. He always had a smile on his face and kind words for a child. Sending our love and prayers of comfort.
Betty Gomez Prince
Anadarko, OK
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ?? Rest in Heaven Mr.Ward
Travis Wishon
Anadarko, OK
My sincerest condolences to the family.  Mr. Ward was my principal at Sunset between 1978 and 1981.  I know he was a very kind and gentle man.  God bless his soul.
Allecia Autaubo Stephenson
Anadarko, OK
Mr. Ward will truly be missed. I had the pleasure of having him as a principal. Heaven has gained an Amazing Angel.
Delores Taylor
Dibble, OK
Mr Ward was a blessing to my family. He guided my young spunky self and my kids as well.
So many wonderful memories of him.
Prayers for comfort and peace for his family and friends.
Mark Thompson
Tulsa, OK
Loved Mr. Ward as my principle at Sunset Elementary in Anadarko.  My the Ward family find comfort in your time of loss.

Best Regards,

Keith Shaull
Anadarko, OK
What a awesome educator. Great school man to the community of Anadarko. Always in my memory.
Lucy parsons milliser
Oklahoma city, OK
Rip u will be truley missed
Linda Johnson
Arlington, TX
Dear Bekki and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Orvis and Pat McMahan
Newcastle, OK
Our condolences to the family Pat subbed at his school for the special education teacher while she was on maternity leave. She respected him very much. He and Mr Hamilton would play good cop bad cop with the young people in their schools. Prayers for the family.
Stanley E Fuller
Newport News, VA
You are in my prayers and thoughts are with you Stanley
Andrew Taylor and family
Anadarko, OK
What a wonderful man you were sir. You will surely be missed. Our prayers and love are with you Ms. Shirley and family.????
Clara and Leland Schoonover
Chickasha, OK
He was a wonderful principal for our boys. I'm so sorry for your loss. May Hashem give u and your family comfort during this time of loss
Latina Williams
Oklahoma City, OK
He was an amazing Principal for me when I first moved to Anadarko in the 4th grade. When I had a concussion from gym class he came to see me in the hospital. I will always remember him for his love and kindness he showed towards the students he was over. Rest in Peace. Your in Gods presence. Your family is in my prayers.
Shawn McCarty
Hominy, OK
Aww..Such a GREAT MAN Love you Mr Jerry I Know you are flying highI
Ann Reese Klusmeyer
Anadarko, OK
Sending our deepest condolences to Shirley and family! Jerry was a great principal and I thought the world of him!
Vicki VanScoder
Anadarko, OK
Shirley and family, Jerry was loved by many and he will be missed by those of us whose lives he touched.  Not only was he my teacher in Oklahoma history, but he became my boss at Mission Elementary.  He made life interesting. My prayers are with you.
Crystal Embrey Cross & Family
Piedmont, OK
My heart is full of sadness. Much love and many prayers to Mrs. Ward, Bekki & Rumanda and the rest of the family. He was a Great man.
Cindy Ahhaitty-Satoe family
Chickasha, OK
May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek, and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace.
Stephanie Young
Santa Fe, NM
Bekki - I’m sorry to hear about your father.  Please send my condolences to your family.  ??
Shane Smith
Morris, OK
Prayers brother!
Cindi Capshew Montenegro
Dallas, TX
Mr. Ward was definitely one of a kind. Rest in peace. Condolences to the family and friends.
Chris Nix
Boston, MA
Rest in peace, Mr Ward. My condolences to your family. One of the greatest educators and men I had the privilege of meeting. Was my elementary school principal in the 80's. I have nothing but find memories of him.
Candi Smith
Pocasset, OK
He was great principal. He will be greatly missed.
Misty Myers
Anadarko, OK
He was an amazing man! He had so much heart as a principal. And that truly classifies who he was a pal to every child! I remember the big hugs and the big smiles we received coming through the door! This man truly loved his students and we definitely felt safe with Mr. Ward around! He will be missed terribly! My prayers go out to his family! I’m so sorry for your loss. God please comfort the Ward family in this time of loss!
David Thomas
Anadarko, OK
I'm so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Prayers for Shirley and Family. Jerry was a kind man, and I'm sure he'll be missed by many.
Mary Webb
Glenpool, OK
Mr. Ward was the very first principal and I still remember to this day last time I seen him I was in the first grade then I moved. He was very nice and understanding and his demeanor kind of inspired me to be a teacher. I sending prayers and a lot of love to him and his family. Goodbye Mr. Ward and thank you for being my principal!
Thomas Goombi
Yukon, OK
Numbers 6:24?-?26 KJV
24)The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
25) The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26) The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Pam Martin
Anadarko, OK
Shirley, Rebecca and Manda,
I was very sad to hear of Jerry’s passing.  His wit, humor, and kindness will be missed in this world.  I always appreciated those qualities and his willingness to let me be my own person in the classroom.  We all know these next months are gonna be tough ones, but hang in there. I’m sure he is keeping the heavenly premises full of laughter and joy. My prayers are with all of you.
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Coleen Cunningham
Anadarko, OK
Rest In Peace Mr. Ward. Prayers and Condolences to the Family.
Jessica Richardson-Perry
New Orleans, LA
Mr. and Mrs. Ward were a wonderful influence in the Anadarko educational system and provided so many kiddos a happy, fun and safe learning environment. Many fun memories at the Ward house with Rumanda! Sending hugs, prayers and love to each of you during this time.
Wilda Archerv
Sulphur, OK
Love and prayers to all of you.  Love you! Randy and Wilda
Mia Nimsey-Beaver
Anadarko, OK
Mr. Ward was a Light in this dark town. 46years later I still rely on his GrandFatherly advice throughout my life. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
Steve Williams
Anadarko, OK
One of the best...he will be missed.
Andrew “Sonny “ Ware
Anadarko, OK
I give my deepest condolences to the family. I know he is at eternal peace with the Lord and his works here on earth be richly rewarded.  Thank you for being a great school principal to my children.
Benny Smith
Chickasha, OK
So sorry for your loss. Kerry was a good friend to our mother Mary Duree we would go to Jerry’s house and they would visit while my sister and I would play with the kids he was a great person
Perry & Vicky Stonum
Walsenburg, CO
He was a awesome man! Perry & I remember him being so kind, and always smiling! RIP Mr Ward!
Sandy Price
Apache, OK
Mr. Ward was a wonderful person.  The best principal my boys ever had. The 4 Price boys loved and respected him very much!! We will be praying for your family that God will bless and comfort you. He will be missed??
Michael Harris
Edmond, OK
One of my most favorite people ever!!
Love this big man !!
Always a smile, kind word, and swats if we deserved them!
Prayers for all his friends and famiky!
Judy Gibson
Anadarko, OK
My heartfelt condolences to the family. Mr. Ward was such a kind a gentle man. Always had a smile..praying for the family.
Kaye and Sam Alford
Garland, TX
Praying for your family, Shirley.
Randy Wright
Okmulgee, OK
Sorry for your lost my friend.
Juanita Swanda
Carnegie, OK
So sorry for your loss. Will never forget Mr. Ward. He was so commanding. But I always appreciated the fact that he let us think of our families first. I taught for ten years at Sunset.  He was an awesome principal.
Crystal Pedersen Montgomery
Anadarko, OK
He was such an amazing principle, always had a smile and a warm welcome, he was love by so many. We will miss you Mr. Ward, till we meet again.
Robbin (Burks) Wood
Lookeba, OK
I will always remember you as my principal. You were tje best.
Sonja Pulis
Tuttle, OK
Mr. Ward was a wonderful role model for so many children, as well as my own.  He always gave me a reason to smile.  He will be missed.  Prayers for the family.
Julian whorton
Anadarko, OK
Had the opportunity to work at sunset school as one of the staff members.  My condolences...
James. Holt
Boise City Oklahoma, OK
Won’t to school with jerry from third grade to eighth he was a really good
Person and loved school
Janet Cowing
Fletcher, OK
You were a great and wonderful teacher and a very sweet man.  You will be missed by so many.
niki base
norman, OK
I really got to know Jerry while working elections at the courthouse. He was always bringing great foods for us to sample. He was always such an upbeat guy and had great stories. Love you Shirley
Scott McCathern
Anadarko, OK
What a great man and good friend.Will miss him very much.
Adolphus Goombi
Anadarko, OK
Goodbye Mr. Ward. You did more for us than you knew, you protected us from so much, and you cared, and we knew. Swift and joyful travels sir, Ill never forget all you did for me and my peers, even when we got in trouble. Anadarko Class fo 2002.
Melissa McEachern-Wilkins
Sand Springs, OK
Shirley and Jerry were extended parents to me during the most formidable years of my life.  Mr Ward was a warm and patient man who put up with a lot of crazy teenage girl slumber parties and shenanigans.
I will always remember him most for teaching me how to properly park my car in the street.  Sending love and prayers for peace and comfort Shorley, Rumanda, Becky.
Rosie Woodring
Anadarko, OK
Jerry was always smiling and cheerful! He was Principle when my two sons, Rob and Kelly were in school.  They thought he was great but a little leery of him because they heard he had an electric paddle!! (Although they never saw it!) He will be missed.
Matt King
Tulsa, OK
Uncle Jerry was and is one-of-a-kind! He was well liked and made a difference in many lives, which is evident in all of these heartfelt posts.  I'm fortunate to have experienced his humor, warmth, and authenticity.  Did he ever meet someone he didn't know... I bet not.
Nicholas & Cindy Scaffetta
Anadarko, OK
Jerry was genuine, gregarious, generous and always had a story! He is greatly missed. Hugs and prayers for his family.
Jerry Nation
Yukon, OK
I always had a great respect for this man! He was very intelligent and wise as he was also very friendly and understanding! RIP Mr Ward! As Heaven has you’re heart, may flowers ?? bloom in your name ????
Bobbie (B.J.) Plummer
Anadarko, OK
Prayers for peace and comfort. Very sorry for your loss.
Kasey Bussell
Oklahoma City, OK
I am so sorry about your lose. he was a wonderful man and one of my favourite principles for many years.
Jeanie McKinney
Broken Arrow, OK
Mr. Ward was a great principal while my kids were at Sunset Elementary. He touched a lot of lives in his years of education.
Debbie Wilburn
Norman, OK
We were just walking about Mr. Ward the other day. I am sorry he has gone on. May God bless on the family and friends.
Debbie Lindsey
Anadarko, OK
Jerry was a great guy,great friend and a great co-worker. He could always make me laugh. You will surly be missed my friend !
Sherman Worcester
Anadarko, OK
Dear mis Ward and the girls,my name is Sherman , I had work with MR WARD and man he was one special man. I just wanted to let you know how much I loved him. Jerry Ward will always be in my heart, God bless all of you with love.
Jack Meeks
Lawton, OK
I'll never forget when he made me and my friend Ronnie hold hands around the tree in front of the school for fighting. We were so embarrassed, we skipped the rest of the day together and remained best friends. He was so wise and gentle.
Nita Gossett Tolman
Lindsay, OK
He was such a wonderful guy, prayers for his family...
Chesa Kadayso
Anadarko, OK
I always remember when we was in 2nd grade, there was snow and ice on the ground.  So alot of us kids would run and slide, one the north side of Sunset Elementary.  We did before class started in morning guess bell rang and alit of us didnt go end.  Having to much fun I guess
We all got called to the office.  First time getting in trouble at school.  Mr. Ward was a very nice man.  Prayers for his wife and family.
Ronnie YATES
Chickasha, OK
Just wanted you to know mr ward, you was a great man! You taught me alot Thank you!
Kay Winn
Verden, OK
I enjoyed teaching at Sunset with Jerry as the principal.  Sorry to hear of his passing.
Phillip & Jackie Ward
Haskell, OK
Rest In Peace , You were One Of A Kind . Much Love
Doug Turney
Fort Cobb, OK
I got to know Jerry when he worked for the old Super H Grocery.  You always had to be on your guard around him because he was always trying to get a practical joke over on you.  He was always pleasant to work around and always treated me fairly.  But I learned not to eat his homemade deer jerky because it broke my mouth out once and I had to sip soup for about two weeks! Jerry you always had a smile, a joke, a word of encouragement and I was fortunate to call you friend.  May God's peace that is beyond all human understanding comfort your family.
David Ervin
Moore ,, OK
RIP Mr. Ward. Enjoyed you at Sunset School when I attended.
Lori Farris
Anadarko, OK
Mr. Ward
He always had a kind smile and away to make you smile or a fish story. He believed in discipline and in forced it. May God be with your family and Rest in piece.
Brenda Bowman
Olympia, WA
Rest easy Mr. Ward, and my your journey to the other side be as wonderful as the many memories you leave.
Mary Akin Aunins
Wichita, KS
Jerry and my brother, Gene Akin, were good pals, and you never knew who was telling the tallest tale when we were together.  Condolences, Shirley, we will all miss Jerry very much. He brought sunshine to so many of us in so many ways, and he will always be remembered fondly.
LORIE Biddinger
Okc, OK
my Condolences to Shirley and all of jerry’s Family.. I’m saddened by the unexpected news of jerry’s Passing.. I’m going to greatly miss jerry’s Antics and silly jokes and phone calls.. I always looked forward to his visits.  Rest In Peace Jerry!!

Lorie Biddinger
Margaret A. Kaulaity
Anadarko, OK
My dearest and deepest condolences.. Mr. Ward will be truly missed .
My hear breaks knowing he is gone. Mr. Ward was one of the greatest people that I had the privilege to know he had a tremendous impact on my life growing up.. And then as a adult I had the privilege to work with him And meet his hilarious side.. It was an honor to know Mr. Ward.
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