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William D. Ward

Dunfermline – William D. Ward, 73, of Dunfermline, passed away at 6:45 Pm on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Unity Point Methodist. He was born on October 25, 1946 in Bath, IL to Arthur and Marie (Butler) Ward. He married Caroline Gillespie on August 23, 1969, she preceded him in death in 2009.

William was also preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and two sisters.

Surviving is one son, Greg (Lisa) Ward of Norris, IL, one granddaughter, Kyra Ward, and two sisters, Verda (Glen) Flowers of Richmond, TX and Laura McDaniel of Kilbourne, IL.

William retired from Komatsu as a parts chaser where he worked from 1975-1999. He was a member of the Canton VFW Post 1984 and was a volunteer at the Fire Department in Bath, IL for 25 years. William enjoyed mud racing, go cart racing, circle track racing, and being out in the garage.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Burial with military honors will follow at Bath Cemetery in Bath, IL. Memorials can be made to the Canton High School Trap Shooting Team. To make online condolences you may go to

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  • Diane ward

    Reply February 7, 2020 2:56 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family prayers for strength and comfort at this time

    • Judy Gerdes Schafer

      Reply February 9, 2020 7:08 pm

      Always enjoyed talking to Bill and Laura Belle at reunions. Prayers, love and sympathy to the family.

  • Diane ward

    Reply February 7, 2020 2:57 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family prayers for strength and comfort at this time Diane Ward and family

  • Billy Todd

    Reply February 7, 2020 11:13 pm

    I was a neighbor of Bills in Bath. Greg was my good buddy and still is. They we’re always kind and welcoming to me throughout the years. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.

  • Bridgette (Lynn) Cumming

    Reply February 8, 2020 2:24 am

    Sending love and prayers to all the family.

    • Nora Black and David Chick

      Reply February 8, 2020 8:49 pm

      Are prayers are with you and your family. He will be missed. Love you all

  • Max & Lucille Latimer

    Reply February 8, 2020 11:05 am

    We send our condolences and prayers for you Greg, Lisa, and all of the Ward families. May your wonderful memories give you peace and comfort in all of your tomorrows.

  • Tim and Amy Fanter

    Reply February 8, 2020 12:32 pm

    Greg, Lisa, Kyra and the Ward family’s Our deepest sympathy and prayers and Strength to all in the days ahead.

  • MARCY Edenburn

    Reply February 8, 2020 12:43 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to Greg Lisa Kyra and all of Bills family and friends. He was a good man and proud of his family. He shared many stories about his racing times with us each week. He will be missed by us and others in his Auction family too. Prayers for peace as he is not suffering any longer.

  • Andrea Ford

    Reply February 8, 2020 3:05 pm

    Deepest thoughts to the family.

  • Kent Fales

    Reply February 8, 2020 4:45 pm

    Worked with Bill for years at Komatsu. Great guy and good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Francis Levi & Tat Goode

    Reply February 9, 2020 9:59 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family through this time of sadness. Bill was our neighbor going to miss hearing his 4 wheeler.

  • John W. Curry

    Reply February 10, 2020 5:53 am

    Bill was a classmate who will be missed greatly. It was always interesting to see pictures of the cars he was building for mud racing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Gladys & Patrik May

    Reply February 10, 2020 7:51 am

    Sorry for your loss a nice neighbor.

  • Todd Ward

    Reply February 10, 2020 8:06 pm

    Prayers for all…. A very special uncle will be missed….

  • Lori Ellsworth

    Reply February 12, 2020 6:07 pm

    Greg, Lisa & Kyra, so sorry to here about Bill. He will be greatly missed. We all loved when he came in the restaurant and got to wait on him. Glad he joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. Love and hugs to all of you.


    Reply February 14, 2020 8:24 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Greg, Lisa and Kyra, and to the rest of the family. Ma and I send hugs to you all.

  • Patsy Hitchcock McCleary

    Reply February 21, 2020 5:31 am

    I have great sympathy to your family and I believe that we may be related. My great grandfather was Joseph and Anna Sophia Junck originally from Belleville,St. Clair county after coming here to USA and also lived in Dunfermline IL many years ago so I believe that perhaps his grandfather my have been a brother or uncle to Joe. Joseph’s daughter Elsie Elsa Emma married Edgar Mathias Stuckel. He worked for Truex Traer and his son Melvin Stuckel worked at Buckheart Coal Mine. So we are all close. I work on Ancestry so my husband saw William’s Obit

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