Gary Lynn Ward

Memorial services for Gary Lynn Ward, 73, Lawrence, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 2021 at First Christian Church in Lawrence. To

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Gary passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. Private family burial will be held at Welda Cemetery in Welda, KS.

Gary was born on October 18, 1947 in Kansas City, KS, the son of Buford Lionel and Marcia Jean (Wade) Ward.

He was an avid collector of records and vintage radios. He loved going to auctions and fixing old radios. He helped everyone he met and gave to many charities.

He was a member of the First Christian Church.

He worked for Southern Star Pipeline for 43 years before retiring in 2010.

He married Deborah Manning and they later divorced. He then married Theresa A. “Terry” Howe on March 4, 1995 in Lawrence. She preceded him in death on February 9, 2009. He was also preceded in death by both his parents and his youngest brother, Bart Ward.

Survivors include his three daughters, Angela Robb and husband Dan, Cora Martin and husband, Nat, both of Baldwin City, KS, Kristina Baldwin and husband, Chris, of Lawrence, three step daughters, Lisa Rundell and husband, Hugh, Julie Hoffer and husband, Rod, Amy Gaines, all of Lawrence; son-in-law, John Gaines, Lawrence; ten grandchildren, Orion, Amara, Paulina, Jubilee, Charlie, Hannah, Hope, Hunter, Riley, and Ruby; long-time companion, Angelique Lair, two sisters, Marquita, Marsha; brother, Kenny; step-sister, Tanya Dziak, Tonganoxie, KS; two cousins, Sue Wright, Kansas City, MO; Jolene Harrod, Inman, SC; and multiple nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s name to Family Promise of Lawrence and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

5 Condolences

  1. Orville and Mary Jane Church on March 1, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Angela and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending you love, hugs and prayers.
    Momma and Daddy Church

  2. Linda Hudson on March 2, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Angela, Cora and Kristi and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss! May your beautiful memories together bring you comfort now. You all are in our hearts and prayers!
    Aunt Linda, Kendall and Trisha, Christopher, Makayla and Lizzie

  3. Melva Edmonds on March 2, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Praying for you all during your loss. I remember Gary and Terry well from church and Peace Ways. Good memories.

  4. Rebecca Hedman on March 2, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed by so many. Prayers for you all. Love ya.
    Becky and family

  5. Pam Porter on March 5, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Gary was a very giving and caring person Gary and Terry help me alot They were such Dear friends of mine. Prayers for the family. Love Pam Porter

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