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Kenneth M. Ward

December 3, 1936 - December 24, 2021

Kenneth M. Ward Kenneth M. Ward
  • Funeral
  • December 29, 2021 | 10:30 A.M.
  • St. Patrick Crane Road Catholic Church
    6N491 Crane Road
    St. Charles, Illinois 60175
  • Burial Location
    Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

KENNETH MELTON WARD (December 3, 1936 – December 24, 2021)

Age 85      passed away in his sleep at home in the loving arms of his family in South Elgin, IL on December 24, 202.

Ken Ward, a Marine, a resident of South Elgin, IL., co-owner of Holtz and Ward; Light of the World and That Man is Your ministries. He was a Licensed Plumber, former South Elgin Police Officer, and Elgin Peewee Football League Coach for 20+ years.  Ken was a member of the North American Railcar Operators Association. He played on and managed several 12” softball teams.  Founded the St. Charles Merchants 12” Softball Team winner of several Illinois State Tournaments.

In his early career worked in the Aurora, Elgin and Fox River Electric Company (age 15), Locomotive Engineer for the Elgin Chicago Gravel Pit, Plumbing Equipment Company, Office Manager for Baumgartner Plumbing in St. Charles, transitioned into a construction company partnership and retired from Harper College’s Physical Plant in 2012, after 20 years of service to the college.

Ken is survived by his loving wife Carolyn, daughters Tammy (Phil) Howard, Jennifer (Craig) Dehmlow and sons Thomas (Brenda) Bradley, James (Aimee) Ward, Kenneth (Hope) Bradley, and Scott (Ruby)Ward; grandchildren  Amy (Tim) Emery, Michael (Nicole) Bradley, Melanie (Matt) Taylor, Courtney (TJ) Wright, Gia (Steven) Matheny, Kimberly Bradley, Philip Howard, Ashley Ward, Kelly Ward, Kyler Ward, Casslyn (Tyler) Thoman, Serena Ward, Serianna Dehmlow, Steele Dehmlow, Maverick Dehmlow,  Nate Bradley, Tessa Bradley, Josh Ceinega  and great grandchildren Wyatt Emery, Owen Emery, Madison Bradley, Charlotte Bradley, Luke Matheny, Claire Matheny, John Wright, and Taos Taylor.

Ken is proceeded in death by his parents Clarence and Margaret Ward; in-laws Truman T. Stevens and Catherine L. (Kay) Stevens, his brother-in-law Francis Miller and nephews Truman Stevens III, and Charles Miller.

There will be no Visitation (Covid-19) a Funeral Mass will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at St. Patrick Crane Road Catholic Church, 6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles, Illinois 60175. He will be buried in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W. Huff Road in Elwood, IL. 60421. In lieu of flowers donations to the Corbella Clinic at 101 E. State Street in South Elgin, IL 60177.


Michael Knutson from McHenry, IL

"I worked with Ken at Harper College and I will have to say he was a great person who loved to talk about trains. I am so sorry to hear about your lost he will be missed by all who knew him."

Nancy Savard from Lebanon, TN

"I am so sorry for the loss of Ken. I was privileged to work with him at Harper College. I greatly admired his ethics and integrity, his love of family and his faith. May he rest in peace."

Peter Freehill from Elgin, IL

"I met Ken in a Video Rental Shop in South Elgin. We hit it off right away as we found out we are both Veterans. We went to the same church and were about the same age. We both had the same ideas about any subject. Ken was a very sincere and very big hearted person. I will miss him and Think about him for many days to come. God bless you Ken and may the good Lord bless and keep you forever. Best regards, from one of your best friends and fellow veterans, Peter. Jesus meek and humble of heart, make all of our hearts like unto thine."

Joseph R Hazinski from Milwaukee, WI

"Ken was a good neighbor to the Fox River Trolley Museum as well as being a member and a bridge to the past having grown up on our railroad. He did a lot of things for the museum and was always friendly and approachable. I will miss him and may be rest in peace."

Cal Bolin from South Elgin, IL

"Ken was a great guy in so many ways . I waited on Ken at Columbia Pipe many times and had many great conversations . He has finished his work here on this earth and now home with the Lord . May your rewards be many . God Bless"

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