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Arthur “Dale” Ward, 85, of St. Paul died Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Brookefield Park in St. Paul.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Reverends Tony Coffman and Daniel Bear will officiate. Interment will be in Warsaw Cemetery, southwest of St. Paul. Military honors will be presented by Carl Mogensen American Legion Post #119 of St. Paul.
Visitation will be on Friday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the family, with a designation to be made at a later date.
Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is assisting the family.
Dale was born in his parent’s home west of St. Paul on August 18, 1932 to Harold and Jane (Wall) Ward.
Dale was raised on the family farm west of St. Paul. He attended school at District 55 and St. Paul Schools, where he graduated in 1950.
After graduation he helped farmers in the area and helped his father on the farm and also worked at the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant in Grand Island.
Dale entered the U.S. Army on March 12, 1953, serving in the Korean War. He received his discharge on January 11, 1955.
He was united in marriage to Joyce Leschinsky on November 2, 1957 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Island.
Dale returned to the home farm where he farmed for all his life.
He loved the farm, growing different crops and sharing with others. He raised cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans. He liked to mow and scrap dirt and even after his “retirement” he was the supervisor of the farming operation. He also liked to check all the rain gauges after a rainfall. Dale was a Dekalb dealer since 1970.
Dale enjoyed life. He loved to go on trips with family and friends, fishing, playing 21 and ten point pitch, attending cattle sales and dogs. He especially enjoyed going on a fishing trip to Alaska with the boys from Sherman County.
Dale’s family received the Aksarben award for having the farm be in the family for 100 years.
Dale was also active in the community serving on the rural fire board, Howard County Feeders and Breeders, Co-op elevator board, and FSA board member.
He was the chairman of the committee dealing with the closure of the railroad between St. Paul and Loup City and he and his family took care of the Warsaw Cemetery for many years.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving on many of the church boards and committees and Carl Mogensen American Legion Post #119, both of St. Paul.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce of St. Paul; sons, Ronald (Marcia) Ward and Steve (Tina) Ward, both of St. Paul; a daughter, Sandy (Bob) Slobaszewski of Ashton; grandchildren, Kylee (Damon) Poss, Riley Ward, Ronnie Slobaszewski, Randy (Julie) Slobaszewski and Roger Slobaszewski; great-grandchildren, Justice, Carlei and Roxie; a brother, Harold (Lyle) Ward of Grand Island and a brother-in-law, Richard Fredrick of St. Libory.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Holly Ward; a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Faye Ward and two sisters, Doris and her husband Howard Wagner and Annabel Fredrick.