Charles E. Ward


Charles E. Ward was born in McKenzie, Tennessee, on June 9th, 1931 to John D. Ward and Lyndel Ward. Charles peacefully finished his journey through this life at home in the company of his family on Sunday, September 27th, 2020.

Even though Charles was born in McKenzie, Tennessee, he grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, eventually graduating from Messick High School in Memphis in 1949. After graduating, Charles elected to serve his country in the United States Air Force for twenty years.

It was during his time in the Air Force that Charles met Virginia Goins in Roswell, New Mexico. Virginia and Charles adventure began when they were married on November 5th, 1954. During Charles’ tenure in the Air Force, Charles and Virginia had three children: Ed Ward, Chuck Ward and Deborah Ward.

Charles retired from the Air Force after 20 years of serving his country all over the world including Korea and Thailand during the Vietnam War. Charles retired honorably at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, one of the highest ranks a Non-Commissioned Officer could earn at the time.

After leaving the Air Force, Charles served another twenty-five plus years as a Factory Representative / Service Technician for Textron Lycoming in the Aviation industry. Upon retiring from Textron, Charles and Virginia invested much of their lives in their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren babysitting, going to sporting events, musical events, school events, helping whenever and wherever they could.

Charles is survived by two sons: Ed Ward and his wife Mary (Yukon) and Chuck Ward and his wife Diana (Yukon) and a daughter, Deborah Emanuel and her husband Jim (Kansas), along with 5 grandsons: Christopher Ward, Phillip Ward and his wife Lanna, Stephen Ward, David Ward and his fiancé Taylor and Jackson Emanuel; two granddaughters: Patricia Helms and her husband Kyle and Kristin Emanuel; three great grandsons: Keith Helms, Dawson Ward, Oden Ward and one soon to be great grandson, Nolan Ward, and one great granddaughter, Jamie Helms.

Charles is also survived by three sisters: Doris Hodge, Sue Pugh, and Joan Ballard and a brother, Paul Ward and his wife Jo, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held Wednesday, September 30th, at Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1500 W. Vandament Ave., Yukon, OK. The private family viewing will be held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, with public viewing from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, October 1st, at 10:00 AM at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 675 W. Vandament, Yukon, Oklahoma, with full military honors.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Yukon, OK.