GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Alfred W. Ward, 89, died Saturday (March 7, 2009) at VA Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo.
He was born to William and Clara Ward in McCook on Dec. 26, 1919. He grew up in Western Nebraska until he joined the U.S. Army in 1942, obtaining the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
After the war he moved to Wichita, Kan., where he worked for the Cessna Aircraft Factory. In 1952, he moved to Grand Junction where he was employed by the Atomic Energy Commission based in Grand Junction. He traveled extensively while employed by AEC.
On April 9, 1954, he married Freda G. Cotton in Grand Junction. In 1959, he started a new career with the U.S. Postal Service as a Mail Carrier and also served as a representative for the Mail Carriers Union.
After his retirement in 1981, he worked on completing upgrades and maintenance at First Assembly of God Church in Grand Junction.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Survivors include his wife, Freda of Grand Junction; four daughters, Linda J. Ward of Salt lake City, Utah, Debra L. Ward of Grand Junction, Donna G. (Ward) Brakhahn of Salt lake City, Utah and Lisa D. (Ward) and husband, David L. Frisch of Grand Junction; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 D Road.
His body was cremated.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to VA Medical Center, 2121 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO, 81501.
Callahan-Edfast Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Notice courtesy of Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook.