Thomas DeHaven Ward, 65, of Martin, S.D., passed away January 23, 2018, in Martin.
He was a veteran of the US Marines.
Thomas DeHaven Ward was born on April 24, 1952, in Martin, S.D. to Edison and Helen (Hutton) Ward. He attended school in Bennett County where he graduated in 1970. After school, Tom was drafted into the United States Marine Corps in October of 1971, were he served as an Aerial Refueler, and decorated Rifle Expert under squadron 352 during the Vietnam Conflict. Upon his exceptional combat performance he was awarded a promotion to Lance Corporal, along with the National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Mast, Meritorious Unit Commendation, as well as decorations for his Rifle Expertise before being Honorably discharged in 1977. After serving his country Thomas returned to Martin SD, where he worked various jobs until his union to Roberta Harris in 1982. From this union his two children were born Jennifer and Timothee. Later in life, Thomas was partnered with Lisa Willard, gaining three step daughters Samantha, Jade, and Codie. Thomas worked hard, and loved harder. He worked everyday doing what he could for those he cared for. Thomas passed away on January 23, 2018 at his home in Martin, SD.
Thomas is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Brandon) Arnold, Lusk, Wyo.; son, Timothee Ward, Rapid City; sisters, Gwendolyn Ward, Martin, and Sarah Ward, Pierre; brothers, Elbridge Gerry “EG” Ward, Martin, and Seth Ward, Raton, NM; step-children, Samantha (Joey) Hughes, Midland, Texas, Jade Novotny, Gillette, Wyo., and Codie Novotny, Chamberlain; and grandchildren, Kadence and Cannon Arnold, Lusk, Wyo., Owen and Oliver Hughes, Midland, Texas, and Caden, Finley, and Calista Eulberg all, Chamberlain.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Edison and Helen Ward; and siblings, Eddy Ward and Kathleen Ward.
Visitation services were held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 30, at the Old American Legion Gymnasium in Martin.
Memorial services began at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday. January 30, at the Old American Legion Gymnasium in Martin, with Deacon Cal Clifford officiating.
Burial services were held at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery, Merriman, Neb.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.