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FORT FAIRFIELD – Ernest W. Ward, 85, husband of the late Marie J. (Schriver) Ward, passed away unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2010, at his residence. He was born Aug. 24, 1924, in Fort Fairfield, where he attended local schools. Ernest proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 552nd Field Artillery Howitzer Division, 1943-1945, in Europe, where he participated in the Normandy landing, Battle of the Bulge and Battle of the Arden Forest, receiving five Major Battle Stars, the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts for wounds sustained in combat. After his discharge from the Army, Ernest married Marie J. Schriver, May 31, 1947. Mr. Ward started his working career at Ralph Burke’s Lumber Yard, Fort Fairfield. He later worked for Peterson’s Motor Mart, Fort Fairfield, as a mechanic and fuel delivery truck driver. He also had been employed at the former White Bunny Ski Slope, Fort Fairfield, as a lift operator and mechanic. After retirement, Ernest continued to work on a part time basis for Center Farms, Easton, and McGillan Inc., Fort Fairfield. Mr. Ward was a member of Fort Fairfield Community Wesleyan Church, a life member of Fort Fairfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, Fort Fairfield; a member of the former Fort Fairfield Frontier Masonic Lodge, and was currently affiliated with Trinity Masonic Lodge No. 130 AF & AM, Presque Isle. He was a lifetime member of Fort Fairfield Fish and Game Club; a charter member of Fort Fairfield Snowmobile Club and was an avid snowmobiler for more than 30 years. Ernest was also a dedicated member of Fort Fairfield “Liars Club” and was mentioned in the Fort Fairfield Sesquicentennial Celebration Publication, where he was referred to as “Everyready Ernie.” He was predeceased by his mother, Beatrice Ward Day; his wife, Marie, Feb. 20, 2002; two brothers, Winston Ward and Kenneth Ward; and three half sisters, Kathlene, Ruth and Donna. He is survived by one son, David E. Ward and his wife, Darlene, of Camp Hill, Pa.; two daughters, Crystal D. Ward of Lewiston and Tami Ward Gower and her husband, Michael, of Wells; Ernie’s loving and faithful dog, Henry; four grandchildren, Mark Ward and his wife, Sherry, Corrie Ortega and her husband, Matt, all of Pennsylvania, Erica Watson of Lewiston and Zachary Gower of Wells; five great-grandchildren, Jacob and Amber Ward, Ricky, Matt Jr. and Tommy Ortega, all of Pennsylvania; one sister-in-law, Lois Ward of Fort Fairfield; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members. He will also be remembered by the “Card Playing Girls” of White Hill Street, with whom Ernie enjoyed daily card games, Sylvia Little, Jesse Thompson and Evelyn Levesque. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield, where a Masonic memorial service will be conducted 8 p.m. by the officers and members of Trinity Masonic Lodge No. 130 AF & AM, Presque Isle. The funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Fort Fairfield Community Wesleyan Church, 9 Wesleyan St., Fort Fairfield, with Pastor Dee Lower officiating. Friends may also call 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Spring interment with military honors will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held immediately after the funeral service at VFW Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, Presque Isle Street, Fort Fairfield. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mr. Ward to Fort Fairfield Snowmobile Club, P.O. Box 233, Fort Fairfield, ME 04742. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. <>

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