Ward Ray Schick

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ward Ray Schick

May 7, 1917 - Feb. 6, 2017

CURTIS, Neb. -- Ward Ray Schick, 99, died Monday (Feb. 6, 2017).

He was born on May 7, 1917, to Chris and Jennie Schick. beginning his life with his identical twin Warren. He graduated high school from the Nebraska School of Agriculture, Curtis in 1935.

Ward was united in marriage with Dorothy Lehn on Oct. 18, 1941, in the Methodist Parsonage in Ogallala, Neb. In December 1941, Ward was activated into the United States Army, serving during World War II. Ward was stationed in California, and then served in the European Theater in France. He was captured by the German Army and remained a prisoner of war until liberated at war's end. He received an honorable discharge in August 1945 and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Fifty years later he was awarded a POW medal.

He returned to Curtis and spent 10 years working for Hosick Implement. He worked 30 years for the United States Postal Service as a clerk in Curtis and as Postmaster in Stockville. After retirement he worked part time several years for Brown's Plumbing.

He was a volunteer fireman for the Curtis Volunteer Fire Department, a founding member of the Curtis Senior Center, a member of American Legion Post No. 95, the Curtis Gun Club, Curtis Garden Club, the Frontier County Historical Society and the Curtis United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Mark Kelly; and brothers, Warren, John and Bob Schick.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Curtis; children, Sharee and Marvin Johnson of Custer, S.D., and Ward DeWayne and Linda Schick of Grand Island Neb.; sister, Merna Elson of North Platte, Neb.; five grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is today until 8 p.m., with family present, at Blase-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Curtis.

Services are Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Curtis with the Rev. Emmanuel Afful officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, near Maxwell, Neb.

Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 402 Center, Curtis, NE 69025 or Carl Heath Post 95.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

Blase Strauser Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.