Brown-Robinson Funeral Home Obituaries

William McKenly Ward

June 9, 1938 - April 13, 2021

William McKenly Ward, Master Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy and retired Nutrition & Food Operations Manager from The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center, 82, of Lorain, entered into heavenly rest on April 13, 2021 surrounded by loved ones.

William was born June 9, 1938 in Pickens, Arkansas. At a young age, he entered the military, first the U.S. Marines and then the U.S. Navy where he later retired September 1990 with high ranks. He also worked at Lorain U.S. Steel and finished his career at the VA Hospital in Cleveland where he retired in 2013. A devout and committed worker, William never missed a day of work in all of his many years of service and was known favorably among many of his colleagues as one who always helped and mentored others.

William's life was devoted to enjoying and traveling with his children, grandchildren and family. He loved attending annual family reunions and get-togethers and always shared fun stories, jokes and was a family historian. Some of his favorite pastimes include fishing, buying hats, attending car shows and staying abreast of politics.

William is preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Essie Queena Smith and George Smith, Sr. (Lorain) and father, McKinley Ward (Stockton, CA); siblings, Leona Hawkins (Riverside, CA), Henrietta "Rhett" Dawson (Oklahoma), McKinley Ward Jr. and McCormick Ward (Stockton, CA), George Smith, Jr., (Lorain), Jessie Mae Jamison (Sandusky) and James "Jimmy" Smith (Lorain).

William is survived by his children, Dale Wilkes (Akron), Lisa (Rashaan) Arnold (Lorain), Amy Ward (Jerome) Wright (Atlanta), Violet Martina (Cleveland), and Shannon Ward (Lorain); grandchildren, Dannelle Thomas, Darrius Thomas, Asia Wright, Joshua Wright (all of Atlanta), Tarica Jackson and Raya Martina (Cleveland), DeLetria Walters and Christina (Ray) Torrence (Akron), Candace (Owen) Fraser (Houston), Dale DJ Wilkes, Jr. (Baltimore); in addition, William affectionately raised De'Angelo Patton, Devin Woods and David Cruz, Jr. (all of Lorain); his siblings, Emma Spraggins (Lorain), Melvin Smith and LaJoyce Hamilton (Los Angeles), Tedario Smith and Olvin (Michelle) Smith (Lorain), Shirley Marshall (Stockton, CA); ex-wife, Ruthie Ward (Lorain); 13 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews cousins and special military friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m., officiated by Church on the North Coast, 4125 N Leavitt Rd, Lorain, OH 44053. Burial will be at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst.

Social distancing and masks are required.



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Saturday, April 24, 2021
11:00 AM
Church on the North Coast
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