Donald L. “Poncho” Ward, age 69, of Ottawa, Kan., passed away Oct. 26, 2019, at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kan. He was born July 31, 1950, in Iams, Kan., the son of Perry R. Ward Sr. and Ellen Irene (Bright) Ward.
Poncho proudly served his country for 11 years in the United States Marine Corps, including action in the Vietnam War. He achieved the rank of sergeant and received numerous awards, including the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, the RVN Cross of Gallantry and two Purple Heart medals.
He worked for National Beef Packing, in the maintenance department, for 36 years.
Poncho was a Marine through and through. He was an active member and second commander of V.F.W. Post 5901, Ottawa.
He is survived by a son, Korey J. Ward and his wife, Misty, Ottawa; a granddaughter, Payton J. Ward, Ottawa; three step-grandchildren, Christine Bell, and Remington and Caroline Brannon, all of Ottawa; five sisters, Carroll Jean Ward, Mary Lou Starbuck, Betty I. Ramirez, Joy C. Ward, all of Ottawa, and Nancy K. Ward, Garnett.
Poncho is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Perry R. Ward Jr., and Bob Joe Martindale; and a sister, Shirley Ann Gray.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa. Graveside memorial services are planned for 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Paola. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to V.F.W. Post 5901, c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.