John M. Ward, of Gentry, peacefully passed away on Nov. 19, 2023, surrounded by his family.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and telling a good story, but spending time with his family was by far his favorite thing to do. He was a plumber by trade and loved helping his neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Ward and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gowen, and one nephew.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. William Ward and Mrs. Betty Adair; his siblings, Mr. William Ward, Mrs. Mary Thrapp (Terry), Mrs. Debra Shoemaker (Lindsay) and Ms. Bonnie Gittings; his children, Mr. Christopher Ward (Amanda), Mrs. Rebecca Cross (Traven), Dr. Brandi Davis (Aaron), Johnathan Ward and Lyndsey Ward; and eight grandchildren.
The family is having a private celebration of life at a later date.
Arrangements were under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory in Joplin.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Diabetes Association.