David D. Ward 85, Norman, Oklahoma - died Jan 20, 2019. He was born Aug 27, 1933 in Great Bend, Kansas.
He graduated Great Bend High School in 1952 and entered the Air Force in Feb 1953. His last assignment was as B-47 Crew Chief, 513th Bombardment Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Shreveport, Louisiana. Completed duty Feb 1957 then started career at FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, Oklahoma City in 1957. During his 28 year career with the FAA, David served as aircraft technician, manager, supervisor and spent 2 years at Yokota AFB, Japan overseeing FAA flight navigation inspections in southeast Asia. In retirement, he worked as a crop-hail insurance adjuster in western Oklahoma and when not working, enjoyed yard work, traveling and collecting and restoring old tube-type radios.
David married Meredith Ann Billingsley on Jun 7, 1953. He is survived by his wife of 65 years: son Linton Ward and wife Grace; daughter Laura Anderson and husband Randy, granddaughter Haley Hoover and husband Ben, grandson Ryan and great granddaughter Autumn Hoover.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Willa (Robertson) Ward: sisters Mildred and Dorothy: brothers Eldon and Robert “Bob”.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, Norman, Oklahoma on Friday February 1, 2019, at 2:00 PM.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.