Obituary Details

Jerry Frank Ward

(02/18/1937 - 07/29/2014)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 09/03/2014

After a lengthy battle with cancer, Jerry Frank Ward, age 77, of Cody, passed away at Spirit Mountain Hospice House in Cody on July 29, 2014.

Jerry was born the youngest of 9 children on Feb. 18, 1937 to Fred and Georgia Ward of Saratoga, where he attended school and graduated in 1955. He joined the army in 1956 and married Della Henderson on July 14, 1962.

Jerry attended Hastings college, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Stinking Water Free Trappers, Yellowstone Mountain Men, GPAA of Powell and Cody Mens' Bible Study Group. Jerry marched in the 4th of July parade in Cody for about 40 years, taught Sunday school for over 20 years, was involved in his church choir, helped with cub and boy scouts, worked on monuments at 'Old Trail Town' and helped with the 'Mountain Man Suitcase Project' at the museum. He also help 'map' projects from Telephone Pioneers. He enjoyed camping, family visits and outings, but especially his 'coffee breaks'.

He retired from US West Telephone company in 1985. After he retired from the phone company, Jerry worked at Grand Teton Lodge during his summers until his cancer prevented him from continuing. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Georgia, his brothers Jim, Tom, Joe, Neal, and one sister Francis.

He is survived by his wife, Della, his children Perry (Cheryl) Ward, Nicholas (Sharon) Ward, Paul Ward, and Monica (Jerry) Nicholson, and 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, 22 nieces and nephews, his sisters Ruth Brock, Winnifred Bryant, Merle Starr, and sisters in-law Jean Ward, and Barbara Ward.

A memorial service was held in his honor at the Presbyterian Church in Cody at 11 am on August 11. His urn will be buried at the cemetery in Saratoga on August 16 at 11 am. An online memorial is available at

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