James "Jim" Edward Ward, of Elk Grove, CA, beloved husband, father and papaw, drew his last breath on 10/24/2020, after a brief illness. Born 11/12/1929, he was a man who loved his family deeply. He was born in LeFlore County, OK, and raised in Wilburton, OK. He graduated from Wilburton High School in 1947, having only missed one day of school. He attended a local college (pre-dentistry) but after 6 months he left school to join the Army. While in the service he met the love of his life and, after 2 short months of courtship, they were wed. On September 15th, 2020 they celebrated 64 years of wedded bliss. He proudly served the military for over 22 years. After retiring from the Army, he relocated his family to Elverta, CA, where they lived on a small ranchette. Because of his desire to help his community, he became a volunteer firefighter for the Rio Linda/Elverta Fire District. He started raising cattle and needed more land, so, after 5 years, they once again moved, this time to Elk Grove, CA, where he raised beefalo cattle. He also worked for McClellan AFB for over 20 years. He decided to return to college, and at the age of 48, earned his MBA in 1977 from Sac State University. He is survived by his wife, Joan, his 3 daughters, Debbie Prince (Donnie), Sue Treadwell (Patrick), and Barbara Perez (Robert), and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a beloved great-grandson in August 2020. He is missed deeply by his family. Viewing will be held on Nov. 11th at East Lawn Memorial Park, 8189 E Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, CA, from 4 - 8 pm. His burial will be held on Nov. 12th at 11:30 am, Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd, Dixon, CA.
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