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10-16-2010, 02:30

Received an e-mail about LTC Ward's passing. Not sure what happened. He was a young guy, only 53. See the link below for info. If anyone plans to attend and needs some local support, please let me know. I will help or find someone who can.


10-16-2010, 05:50
RIP Col Ward, Vaya con Dios..

Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Ward, 53, Leavenworth

Funeral service for Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Cleve Ward will be held Sunday, October 17, 2010, 3:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Chapel, 500 Pope Avenue, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Ron Ward died October 8, in an accident flying his Challenger light sport aircraft.

Joseph Cleve & Thora Louise (Driggers) Ward’s son Ron was born July 5, 1957 in Tampa, Florida.

LTC Ward served his country for 31 years in the U.S. Army, first in the Infantry and later in Special Forces. He earned an AA degree in Criminal Justice, a BS in Liberal Arts and a Master of Arts in Military Studies with emphasis in Unconventional Warfare/Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. Other military training included: Command and General Staff College, Contemporary Insurgent Warfighters Course, DoD Hostage Survival Course, Joint Military Attache’ School, Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Special Operations Staff Officer, Special Forces Qualification Course, Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced course, Military Freefall Parachutist, Special Forces Combat Dive and Combat Dive Supervisor, Airborne Basic and Advanced School, Pathfinder School, RANGER School and Infantry Mortar Platoon.

His commands included Infantry Platoon Leader, Special Forces Operational Detachment Commander in Panama, Infantry Company Commander, Special Forces Battalion Operations Officer in Japan, Special Operations Staff Officer, Assistant Army Attache in Mexico, Defense and Army Attache Commander in Suriname. He also was Senior ROTC Assistant Professor of Military Science, JROTC Military Science Department Head, Force Protection/Security Coordinator in Afghanistan, Staff Group Leader at the Combined Arms and Services Staff School and Special Operations Chief Curriculum/Course Designer and Instructor in Kuwait, Team Chief of a Brigade Border Transition Team in Iraq and was currently employed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas as Deputy Director with Combined Arms Center SOF Cell.

LTC Ward was a member of the American Military Retiree Association, AUSA, American Legion, AAFMA, VFW, NRA, MOAA, Command Parachute Team and Special Forces Association. Locally he was a member of the Northeast Kansas Beekeepers Association, Kansas Honey Producers Association, American Apitherapy and the Round Prairie Community Church where he served as an Elder and played the Whalebone bass in the church band. He had previously served on the Lansing Police Department as a Reserve.

Ron married Beth Rockrohr in Copperas Cove, Texas on March 22, 1980. They have three beautiful daughters: Melissa (Chaz) Brugh, Georgetown, KY, Lisa (Andrew) Woolridge, Easton, KS and Amy Ward (Fiancee Johnny Briggs) Colorado Springs, CO.

Ron and Beth own and operate Hillside Honey and are very active in local farmer’s markets.

Preceding him if his death are Ron’s parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law.
Besides his loving family, survivors include his sister, Sharon Ward, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Make-a-Wish Foundation or Mission Aviation Fellowship.

Arrangements provided by Davis Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth, KS.

If you would like to post condolences:


10-16-2010, 06:53
Rest in Peace, Sir. Thank you for your years of service and sacrifice. You will ALWAYS be missed and NEVER forgotten!

molon labe

10-16-2010, 09:21
He was my team leader when I first arrived in 3-7. RIP Sir, you will be remembered.

10-16-2010, 09:49
It's probably just a coincidence that LTC Ward died in a light plane accident and my old CO Major Bob Lunday died in a hang glider accident.

Rest in peace LTC Ward!

10-16-2010, 10:35
Rest in Peace, and Thank You

10-16-2010, 12:48
God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior.................:(

Big Teddy

10-16-2010, 13:30
Rest in Peace

God Bless your family and friends

Blue Skies and Soft landings

Red Flag 1
10-16-2010, 15:00
Rest In God's Peace LTC.

10-16-2010, 15:44
Ron and I worked together at the Directorate for Cultural Influence and Counterinsurgency. He was a really good officer and a friend. For those of you who don't know, he was Charlie Cleveland's Brother-in-law. He will be sorely missed.


10-16-2010, 21:18
Rest In Peace Sir. May God grant that your family be comforted and their prayers answered and their grief requited. Blue sky's, low winds and soft landings.


wet dog
10-16-2010, 21:29
Rest easy Sir.

10-18-2010, 07:20
Rest in Peace.