Russell William Ward

Born: Fri., Apr. 27, 1928
Died: Tue., Jun. 27, 2017


Celebration of Life

Location: Southport Christian Church


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Russell William Ward, 89, of Indianapolis passed away on June 27, 2017. He was born on April 27, 1928 in Indianapolis, Indiana to James O. and Lettie Ward. He married Shirley Matthews on June 16, 1949. Russ was an Army Veteran serving in the Korean War. He was employed as a printer at Triangle Printing Company for 45 years, retiring in 1993. Russ was a charter member of Southport Christian Church Disciples of Christ where he recently was recognized as an Elder Emeritus.

Russell is survived by his wife Shirley Ward; children Lisa Fultz (Chris), Andrew Ward (Pam); grandchildren Collin Fultz (Jennifer), Matthew Fultz (Melody), Corey Ward (Amy), Kelli Fultz, Rebecca Ward, and Ryan Ward; 4 great-grand children; sister-in-law Glorine Ward; brother-in-law Larry Combs; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in passing by his parents James O. and Lettie Ward and his siblings James E. Ward, Gladys Shull, Mary Bell, Helen Hayes, and Nancy Combs.

A Celebration of Life service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Southport Christian Church 201 E. Epler Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227. The family will receive guests at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial gifts be made to the Southport Christian Church Youth Group.

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Butch and Judi smith
   Posted Thu June 29, 2017
So sorry to hear of the passing of Russ. He was a wonderful person and we were blessed to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers for the family during this difficult time

Marilyn (May) Spurgeon
   Posted Fri June 30, 2017
Shirley, I am so sorry to read of the passing of Russell. He was the last of my Ward cousins. May he rest in peace.
We are not able to come to the service.

Dave & JoAnn Bush & Family
   Posted Fri June 30, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to the family in the passing of a wonderful caring person, who was cheerful, full of purpose and such a blessing to the children and Church Family at SCC. Russ was a just a great guy and a servant of the living God!
Our sympathies are especially with Shirley, Lisa and the entire family in this time.

Rhonda DeLap Tipton
   Posted Fri June 30, 2017
Russ was a pillar of Southport Christian Church. He helped teach my high school Bible study class. I learned so much. After College. he personally invited me to return to Church. His smile was everywhere and there were only two people who offered me condolences after my dad died. Russ was one of them. We shall miss him dearly. May God bring comfort to his entire family. I know he is on a Heavenly vacation and we'll all see him in the future. Lots of love, Rhonda DeLap Tipton

Libby Allen
   Posted Sun July 02, 2017
I am thinking of all of you with your lose of such a wonderful husband, father, grandfather.

Alice McCracken
   Posted Mon July 03, 2017
Russell Ward was my first cousin, and I have always felt that he was an amazing, wonderful human being. In my adult life, when I had moved away from Indianapolis, Russ and Shirley Ward welcomed me back to visit and I stayed with them in their home. So generous and loving, they made a wonderful couple. Russ will be much missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

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