Earl Leon Ward, 75, of Osawatomie, Kansas, passed away Feb. 12, 2018, at his home surrounded by family. He was born on July 9, 1942, in Linn County, Kansas, to John Howard and Wilma Ross Ward. He was united in marriage to Billie Orr on May 29, 1965. Earl worked in the transportation industry for SS Trucking Company of Kansas City, Missouri, for more than 30 years before retiring. He enjoyed spending time and traveling with his family and hunting and fishing.

Survivors are his wife, Billie J. Ward of the home; son, John B. Ward and his wife Melissa; daughter, Marsha Nichols; and two grandchildren, Sophia Ward and Jason Reedy.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at Osawatomie Cemetery. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.DengelMortuary.com

Dengel & Son Paola Chapel, 305 N. Pearl St., Paola, KS 66071, 913-294-2372.