Kenneth A. Ward, 76
RUMNEY — Kenneth Allan Ward, 76, of Rumney, passed into the presence of his Savior on Nov. 7, 2017, in Zephyrhills, Florida.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on Dec. 8, 1940, he was the son of the late Albert and Phyllis (Sanger) Ward.
Ken was raised in Lowell and then later Dracut, Massachusetts, graduating from Dracut High School in 1958. He went on to complete a bachelor's degree in biblical education from Columbia Bible College in 1966.
Ken developed a love for horses in his teens and used his horsemanship skills to serve in the Rumney Bible Conference camp ministries during his teen years. He later went on the staff at the Rumney Bible Conference with his wife and served with the ministry in the horsemanship and maintenance departments for a number of years. He also ran his own oil business for a time.
After becoming a full-time resident of Rumney in the early 1970s, Ken served as a faithful member of the Rumney Volunteer Fire Department for 42 years, moving up the ranks from member, to captain, to assistant chief, and then as chief from 2000 to 2013. He also served as a first responder of the Rumney Fast Squad, fire warden for the Town of Rumney, and was on the Executive Board of the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid Association.
Ken was an avid sports fan, participating in hockey, baseball, and rodeo events. He always enjoyed watching his beloved Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots play.
He was a faithful member of the Rumney Baptist Church for more than 25 years, and then was a member of the Baker River Bible Church in Wentworth for almost 20 years. He served on various committees over the years and could be counted on to help when needed.
Family members include his sisters Judith Bouchard, and the late Janet Powers. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
He was recently predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Esther (Springle) Ward, who died in September of this year.
Ken’s memorial service will be held at the Baker River Bible Church, in Wentworth, on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 a.m, with condolences to the family from 10 to 10:30 a.m. A light luncheon will be provided after the service, with the interment immediately following at the Immanuel Memorial Cemetery in Rumney.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Ken’s name to the Rumney Firemen’s Association 59 Depot St., Rumney, NH 03266.
The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Plymouth and Meredith, are assisting the family with their arrangements. www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com