Robert A. ‘Bob’ Ward
Amazing husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend, passed at the age of 96 in his home surrounded by love on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
Beloved husband for 66 years of the late, and equally amazing, Gina Rodegast Ward, father of Pam Stone, Pat Ward, and Megan Buttery; son of the late Walter and Marguarite Ward, brother of the late Jean Byrne and the late Jack Ward; adored grandfather of James, Aaron (Sara), Ryan (Nicole), and Mark Stone; Joshua, Caleb, Zachary (Katie), and Caitlin (Connor) Ward; and Patrick Buttery; great-grandfather of ten.
Bob touched so many lives, especially those of his many cherished, lifelong friends.
Bob served as a Navy fighter pilot in WWII, turning 21 on VJ Day. He was a mechanical engineer and commercial general contractor.
Always curious, and adventurous, he moved his young family to Puerto Rico for a year, flew small private planes for many years, traveled nationally and internationally, rode motorcycles, raised homing pigeons, flew his drone, drove alone to Kitty Hawk, NC well into his 80s, and built an ice rink in the yard for the neighborhood kids one winter.
He was always looking for a project that he could embrace enthusiastically and ended most days with either a martini or gin and tonic, often in the homes of beloved friends.
Bob was truly one of a kind, loved by many, and will be missed by all!
Services: A private Mass and burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is planned for Thursday, October 29.