Robert J. Ward, 71, of Vandalia passed away at 12:03am, Friday, December 11, 2015 at Vandalia Rehab and Healthcare Center.
Services for Mr. Ward will be held at a later date. Hohlt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia is assisting with arrangements; online condolences available at
Robert was born February 16, 1944 in Greenbrier, Arkansas, the son of Ausburn and Lucille (Cargile) Ward. He married Linda Rine April 16, 1994. Robert worked maintenance and was employed by Crane Packing in Vandalia for 25 years, he served in the US Army, and was a member Center Point Church and Eagles Lodge #3901 of Vandalia.
He is survived by his wife Linda; son Jerry Ward and wife Jeanette of Brownstown; step children David Klitzsch, Angela and husband Kevin Etcheson, Kimberly Williams, and Jennifer Voris and fiancé Kenneth Wheeler; siblings Carroll Ray Ward, Travis Ward, Susie Plunk, Mary Ellen Caraway, and Barbara Plunk; grandchildren Austin Long, Ryan Ward, Rebecca Ward, Kyle Rolfingsmeier, Crystal Batican, Andelyn Klitzch, Kolton Etcheson, Zach Burden, and Katlin Wheeler; great grandchildren Sylic and Syrhyn Batican. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Carissa Diane Ward, and brothers William “Isaac” Ward, Harold Ward, and Wayne Ward.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers William “Isaac” Ward, Harold Ward, and Wayne Ward.