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Memorial created 07-4-2007 by
Nikki McCullen
Ronnie "Opie" Ward
July 2 1945 - January 30 2007

Dad at Center Hill Lake, Aug 2006

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Ronnie "Opie" Ward, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. As we began composing his website, we realized that it is truly impossible to summarize what a wonderful, loving, giving, unbelievable person he was...and still is in Heaven today. Words cannot even come close to expressing the love, gratitude, and admiration we have for him. He was the most loving, caring father and grandfather (PawPaw)ever. He gave love, support, guidance, understanding, and direction to his girls at every point in our lives. He could heal a broken spirit with his gentle smile. He helped to shape our lives in such a special way, and helped us to become who we are today. We have so much gratitude and appreciation for all he has done for our family; words cannot even begin to express the way that we feel. He has so many wonderful friends and fire fighters who loved him; he touched so many lives in so many ways. He meant the world to many people, and has given our family and friends some of the most wonderful memories together; we will cherish them always. He was the most wonderful man that many of us will ever know, and he forever will be.. We feel so incredibly blessed that God picked him to be our Daddy.

Thank you, Daddy, for a lifetime of love……..


Dad and the girls, Florida, Oct 2006

This is a picture from our last family trip together. We went to Florida in October, 2006; just less than one month before his diagnosis. On this night, we had a putt-putt playoff (of course, Dad one as usual) and rode go-carts.



To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me Now that I am gone.. release me, let me go. The Lord has called upon me and I am suffering no more. You must not tie yourself to me; with sadness and with tears, Remember all the memories we’ve shared throughout the years. I gave to you all of my love and you can only guess How much in return you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love that each of you have shown, But now it’s time for me to go.. And I must walk alone. So grieve awhile for me; if grieve you truly must. Then let your grief be comforted by God’s undying trust. It’s only for awhile that we must be apart.. So forever cherish the memories that live within your heart. I won’t be far away, for my eternal life goes on. So if you ever need me; just call and I will come. And if you listen with your heart, you will surely hear.. All my love around you shining soft and clear. And, when The Lord has called on you; and you must walk alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and tell you “Welcome Home”.


The Fam

The Broken Chain: We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name; In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you; you did not go alone; For part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, Your love is still our guide, And though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.


Please check the links listed to the left; they are special pages of pictures and thoughts that we want to share. Also, please sign Daddy's guest book and let us know you came to visit.


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