Duane Lee Ward, age 53, was born November 16, 1964, in Rupert, Idaho. He was the son of Michael D. (deceased) and Lorene (Price) Ward. He passed away December 31, 2017, at the home in Walla Walla from many physical problems.
Duane moved to Pocatello, Idaho, with his parents at age 2, living there 1966 -1969. His dad was transferred to Tempe, Arizona, with his job at Continental Can Company. We lived there until 1975 when he again transferred to Moses Lake, Washington. In 1980 we moved to Vancouver, Washington, again with CCC, his dad working in the Portland plant. In June 1982, we made the
final move to Walla Walla, Washington.
As a young boy, Duane learned to water ski as we had a boat from the time he was a baby. It was a favorite family sport for many years. Also Duane loved fishing and he had such a bond with his dad, as both loved fishing. Duane could catch a fish out of mud hole, as the saying goes! Duane learned to play the guitar at a young age, while living in Moses Lake. It was a great enjoyment to him and he did play in band later in Walla Walla. One of the joys was our family camping trips. He loved the Snake River and later Wallowa Lake.
He lived in Waitsburg, Washington, a few years and also in Weston, Oregon, before coming back to Walla Walla in the summer of 2013 to live the final years of his life. He enjoyed playing computer games on his tablets, and
was a member of a club group who were Christians on his team and many would pray for him and his needs and he did the same for them. This really helped to sustain him through his pain and all the physical problems that was destroying his body.
Duane expressed to me, his mom, how he believed John 3:16 and how he loved his Lord Jesus Christ. His favorite bible chapter was 1st Corinthians 13, the LOVE Chapter of the bible. He felt LOVE was greatest gift of all.
Duane attended school in all the towns he lived in, graduating from Wa-Hi in 1983. Duane worked at the City Zoo Pet Store for many years and later worked at Smith’s Frozen Foods for many years, taking and finishing a two-year electrical course, which he was proud of. Sad to say, he could not pursue his dream job, as he begin to have severe hip problems and health problems. He came back to Walla Walla, living here with his mom and brother Dennis Ward.
Duane is survived by his daughters, Denise Ward and Michelle Ward, plus their sisters Sharon Sumerlin and Ann Crownover, to whom he became dad also. His companion, Diane Crownover, for many years was the mother of the girls. They later parted company. Also surviving is his mother, Lorene Ward, brother Dennis Ward and a sister, Laura Lundstrom from Paola, Kansas. His grandchildren are Shalynn Phelps, Lillie Patterson, Matthew, Michael and Renee LittleWing Ward, Justin and Cody Sumerlin, Alex and Owen Phelps, Evie Jantz and Urik Cernazanu. He has many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins too many to name.
He was proceeded in death by his beloved dad, Mike Ward, grandparents plus other relatives and friends.
Duane was an outgoing person, never meeting a stranger. He had many friends along his journey in life. He will be missed so much.
Friends and family may share memories and sign the online guest book at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com