Jerry Ward

Jerry Ward, 69, of Winthrop passed away at his home on June 9, 2018, surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 4, 1948, to Gerald C. and Margelaine (Olson) Higley. He grew up in Havre, Montana, and graduated from high school in 1967. Right after high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was a mechanic and convoy tank driver serving for three years in Washington, Arizona, Georgia and Vietnam.

Upon his return he married Carolyn McMeans at her family home on Aug. 14, 1971, in Winthrop. He worked for 10 years as a boiler operator for Crown Zellerbach while attending Wenatchee Valley College, receiving his associate’s degree in 1976. He became a licensed respiratory care practitioner in 1983 and started his longtime career in the medical field, working for hospitals in Tonasket, Omak and Wenatchee as well as home health care in the Methow Valley for Linde Homecare Medical Systems.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, traveling every other Friday to Wenatchee to play poker with his buddies, and most of all being a grandpa.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carolyn; three children, Tina (Clint) Johnson of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Tara (Bart) Matteson of Winthrop, and Todd (Liang) Ward of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren, Taylor (Sam) Lortz of Vancouver, Washington, Bart Matteson Jr. of Spokane, Washington, and Ruthann Matteson of Winthrop; his mother Margelaine (Marge) Matzke of Havre, Montana; two brothers, Terry Ward of Havre, Montana, and Kerry (Dawn) Ward of Havre, Montana; sister Merry (Bradley) Jones of Bozeman, Montana; and many nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his father Gerald C. Higley.

The family would like to thank the staff of Frontier Home Health and Hospice. A special thank you to his nurse Justin, we can not thank you enough for the kindness and care that you have not only shown our dad, husband, grandpa but for all of us as well. Jerry has requested there be no memorial service. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan County Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements.