Herrin- Charles L. Ward, age 98, formerly of Herrin, passed away at 6:10am on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Manor Care in Arlington Heights, IL.
Charles was born in Herrin on September 23, 1921, the son of Herschel and Lena (Spradling) Ward. He married Sylvia Elizabeth Bellett in Marion on August 13, 1943. She preceded him in death on November 8, 2019. Together, they shared 76 beautiful years of marriage.
Charles graduated from Herrin High School. He was a member of the Civil Conservation Core (CCC’s), which helped build our National Parks in the 1930’s. A leg injury which he sustained in the CCC’s, prevented him from entering WWII. He was most proud of being a 32nd degree Mason and a Deacon in the Baptist Church. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Ward had worked as a purchasing agent.
Survivors include his daughters Susan (Bill) Vasilogambros of Arlington Heights, IL and Phyllis Marchese of Palm Springs, California. He had three grandchildren Billy Marchese of Los Angeles, Matthew Vasilogambros and Elizabeth Vasilogambros, both of Washington D.C. and two great grandchildren, Desi and Kate Marchese of Los Angeles, California.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Private graveside services will be held at Herrin City Cemetery. Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with final arrangements.