Date of Death: July 17, 2019
Cremation has already taken place per his request. A Service of his life with Military Honors, will be held at 1pm on Saturday July 27, 2019 at the Elks Lodge #1248, 603 W Michigan Ave., Three Rivers MI 49093 with lunch following.
“Drake” Frank Edward Ward, age 87, of Three Rivers, passed away July 17th surrounded by his devoted and loving family. He was born April 20, 1932 in Lancaster Wisconsin, the son of Lyle Ward and Eva (Tindell) Ward.
He was a Staff Sargent in the US Air Force, from April 1951 until April 1955, serving in England. After his service in the United States Air Force, he was employed at Continental Can and then was employed by the United States Post Office for 25 years. He then retired from the Post Office and became the Club Manager of the Elks Club #1248 for 17 years.
He married Jeannie Marie Miller on March 24, 1956.
Drake was a lifetime resident of Three Rivers where he and Jeannie raised their 4 children. In Drake’s younger years he enjoyed golf, cards, and the company of his family and friends. He also enjoyed traveling to Arizona. Drake’s life was filled with love, laughter, friends, and family.
Drake’s greatest success was his family, and with them he found his greatest achievement and intense pride
Drake is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Jeannie, one brother Richard Ward, two nephews, and one niece.
Drake is survived by his four loving children, Kim (James Dechnik II) Stiteler, Kathleen Ericson, William (Lyndee) Ward, Thomas Ward; his seven grandchildren that were the light of his life, Renea (Jerry Benson) Lockwood, Lindsay (Steven Faile), Darin (Mary Miller) Stiteler, April Steiner, Emily Hemenway, Travis and David Ward and his eight precious great grandchildren, Logan and Riley Lockwood, Brooke, Bailey, and Braylon Faile, Ava Stiteler, Dylan Combs, Emma Steiner, and Ameila Lapham.
He is also survived by two brothers, William Ward and Harry Ward; two sisters, Sally Cullimore and Kay Teadt and one sister in law, Robin Kahler, along with several nieces and nephews; special friends, Eldon Jackson, Edard English and Arlene Robertson.
Donations may be directed to Southern Care Hospice Services, or Michigan Elk Major Project Crippled Children Fund Lodge #1248. Envelopes will be available at the Elks Lodge or Hohner Funeral Home in care of Drake’s arrangements.
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I just heard of Frank’s passing. Sorry for your loss. Frank was our mailman when I was younger and I was always happy to see him when he pulled up because he’d take a few minutes to talk. I got to work with Frank for a bit when he was working for his brother on the Wyoming High School bleachers project back 1986. He was a great man and fun to work with. He will be missed by many.
Kim, Billy , Kathy and Tommy … I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I hope knowing your dad is reunited with your mom helps some of the heart break. I’m sure they missed each other very much ! My thoughts and prayers are with you all…
Hugs to you all
So sorry about your loss. I will always remember your Dad as a cheerful good man. Thoughts and prayers with all of you.
Thoughts and Prayers to the family. Jeannie and Drake were wonderful people.
So sorry to hear of Drake’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
So very sorry , he will be missed by many. !! He was always like part of the family. My thoughts and prayers. Drake give my Daddy a big hug for me.