Paul Robert Ward, Jr., known to most as “Bob,” a fixture of the Atwood community, took the hand of the Lord on Aug.t 2, 2018, in Warsaw’s Meadows Care Center. He was 76 years old.
Ward was born in Lafayette to Paul Robert Ward, Sr. and his wife, Ruby Maxine (Rhine) Ward. One of two children, Ward and his sister, Jean were raised in nearby Frankfort and Rossville.
While living at home, Ward took a job assisting the family of Reverend Carpenter. When Reverend Carpenter accepted an appointment to Warsaw’s First United Methodist Church, he offered Bob an opportunity to move with the family. Ward worked in the church for many years. He was a jack of all trades and eventually found himself employed as the custodian at Atwood Elementary School where he was employed for more than 30 years.
Ward was married to Connie Harmon by Reverend Carpenter in First United Methodist Church on June 3, 1972. They would share more than 46 years together before his Thursday passing.
Ward was well-known around Atwood for his giving, caring nature and his willingness to help others. He found enjoyment in outdoor tasks like landscaping and gardening. He mowed yards of homes and businesses all around the Atwood area. Ward loved all animals, especially cats and dogs; he even owned a monkey at one time. When traveling, he enjoyed the Carolinas. At home, he was a longtime member and one of the caretakers of Atwood Otterbein United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife, Connie Ward, Ward is survived by three brothers-in-law: Terry (Marj) Harmon of Warsaw; Mike (Kathy) Harmon of Warsaw; and Barry (Cheryl) Harmon of Silver Lake. He is also survived by a niece, Rebecca Kellams and nephew, Bobby Kellams.
Friends will gather at Atwood Otterbein United Methodist Church from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Pastor Jim Lawson will officiate a Celebration of Life beginning at 3 p.m. Those wishing to express sympathy may send condolences via www.TitusFuneralHome.com.
Memorials may be given to Atwood Otterbein UMC or to Kosciusko County Animal Welfare League.