Earl John Ward, age 79, of Hays, Kansas passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Salina Regional Health Center. He was born October 17, 1939 in Russell, Kansas to Linden and Blanche (Heffernan) Ward. On February 14, 1987 he married Jean (Hudson) Quick.
Earl was a long time Livestock Appraiser working the sales ring at the Osborne, Russell and Plainville sale barns. He was a partner in the Osborne and Russell sale barns. Earl enjoyed fishing, basketball, horse racing and family time.
He is survived by his wife Jean of Hays; a son, Neal Ward (Lisa) of Hays; two daughters, Kim Dawson (Brian) of Hays and Jera Janzen (Jason) of Goleta, California; two step sons, Chad Quick (Cathy) of Botavia, Ohio and Kyle Quick (Paula) of Bethany, Oklahoma; a step daughter, Tisha Samha (Nael) of Centreville, Virginia; a brother, Steve Ward (Edie) of Ellis; two sisters, Lynn Richardson (Gary) and Kathy Rogers both of Firestone, Colorado; four grandchildren, Nathan and Ryan Ward, Jobe and Jesse Janzen; nine step grandchildren, Shane and Alyssa Quick, Lacy Smith, Christian Quick, and Aubry Quick, Abdulla, Fatima, Amal and Mariam Samha; two step great grandchildren, Kelsie Tillman and Thad Smith. Earl would also like to recognize Joyce Rorabaugh as mother of Neal, Kim and Jera.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Bruce, Donny and Dean Ward.
Funeral services will be 11 AM Monday, April 29, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Hays. Private family burial will follow.
Visitation will be Sunday 5 PM – 7 PM and Monday 10 AM – 10:30 AM all at Brock’s Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Rebecca A. Morrison House 400 S. Santa Fe Salina, KS 67401 which is a Hospitality Home in Salina or the Cancer Council of Ellis County 701 Riley Hays, KS 67601.
Condolences may be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org