Birth Date: September 17, 1932
Death Date: September 6, 2015
Cecil Ward was born on September 17, 1932 and passed peacefully with family around him on September 6, 2015.
TSgt (Technical Sergeant) Cecil Ward enlisted into the United States Army on September 24, 1952 and was honorably discharged on August 19, 1954. It did not take him long to realize that he was in the wrong branch of service so he enlisted into the United States Air force on September 22, 1954 as an Aircraft Engine Mechanic and retired August 1, 1974. Over his illustrious career Cecil spent most of his time in California with his wife, Geneva Ward. His first assignment was at McClellan AFB CA, where he spent 2 years before being assigned to Clark AFB in the Republic of the Philippines. He also received orders to Vietnam and served in the Vietnam War where he earned many accolades, including the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement. Cecil returned home and his final assignment was at George AFB CA where he retired 1 August 1974 as a jet engine mechanic. Cecil spent over 20 years in the Armed Forces and some of his awards and decorations included:
Bronze Star Medal Air Force Commendation Medal Meritorious Unit Citation Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters Air Force Good Conduct Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters Vietnam Service Medal
After retiring from the military, Cecil made his home in Sacramento, CA with his wife and son, Tyrone Ward. It seemed he did not have enough of what government work was like or what they put him through so he decided to go to work for the US Postal Service where he was employed for another 20+ years. Cecil had a very kind heart and if you needed it he would help you get it. He always had the view of ‘might as well get what you like because you can’t take it with you’ and he lived modestly and put others first. All arguments are final whether he was right or wrong, and he was good at being wrong, but if you looked at it through his eyes and experiences he would actually be right. Cecil leaves behind his wife of 58 years of marriage, Geneva Ward, and a son, Tyrone (Gail) Ward, and sister, Helen Ward, of Baltimore, MD, the last of his siblings. Cecil also has a host of nieces and nephews that he loved so much. He will surely be missed and never forgotten.