Messages from Pat T:
Tuesday, 11 October 2016:
The services have been set for my brother, Gene Ward, to be on this Saturday at 11:00 am, Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old
Cheney, Lincoln. Visitation will be Friday evening at Roper's from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please continue to keep us in your
thoughts and prayers.
As some of you may know, my precious brother, Gene Ward, passed away this morning at 12:18 am. As family and loved ones, we
were blessed to share our love with Gene, especially during the last hours of his life. Gene was the kindest and most gentle
soul that I have known, and he will be missed more than I can say. We shared a lifetime of very special moments -- some fabulous
and some pretty sad. Please keep us in your prayers, and especially for Gene's wife, Pat. They shared 39 years of a blessed
marriage. Thank you.
Click here for more memories of Gene on his Facebook page !
OBITUARY from Roper and Son's:
Gene F Ward, 81, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2016. He was born on October 2, 1935 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was
the son of Fred and lva (Royse) Ward. He was raised in Denver, Colorado and became a nationally recognized and awarded horseman,
showing Saddlebred horses throughout much of the Country. He moved to Southern California and finished his Junior and Senior
years of High School in Newport Beach, California. He attended the University of Arizona. He married his High School sweetheart,
Pat (Nelson) Ward, and returned to the Newport Beach area to embark on a career in insurance.
They moved back to Denver where he joined Farmers lnsurance. His insurance career with Farmers was successful, with honor
awards in their Toppers Club and Presidents Council. He entered Management with Farmers insurance Group and was Manager for
the State of New Mexico and then the State of Nebraska. He then became Life lnsurance Manager for a five state area for Farmers.
ln 1971 he began a second career in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the Real Estate industry with Gateway Realty. He owned his own
company, RE/MAX Professionals which he merged with Woods Bros Realty in 1989. With Woods Bros Realty, he managed the Lincolnshire
office and eventually added the additional duties of Team Leader for all of the Woods Offices. His Real Estate Career was
He was a member of or chaired all of the committees with the Realtor Association of Lincoln and the Nebraska Realtors
Association, in addition to being active with the National Association of Realtors.
During his four decades in the Lincoln Real Estate Market he held the CRS Designation and was an accredited teacher with
Larabee School of Real Estate. He was the Lincoln Realtor of the Year in 1989, Women's Council of Realtors Member of the year
in 1998, President of the Realtor Association of Lincoln 2OO1-2002, Won the Broker Achievement Award in 1990. Was President
of the Multiple Listing Service in 1999 and 2003, President of the Nebraska Realtors Association in 2006, was awarded Realtor
of the Year for the Nebraska Realtors Association in 2008, and Realtor of the Year for Woods Bros Realty in 2O12. He was also
active with the National Association of Realtors serving as Political Coordinator for Senator Chuck Hagel. ln 2006 as President
of the Nebraska Realtors Association, he was active with all of Nebraska's Legislators in Washington.
He has served on the Board of Directors at The Better Business Bureau, The Independence Center, and St Monica's. He was
an active member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church. He served on the Vestry and was Jr. Warden for 1999 and 2000 and then Sr.
Warden for the years of 2001, 2002, 2003. He was a friend of Bill W for over 40 years.
Gene was a loving Husband, devoted Father and fun Grandfather and Great-Grandfather. He will be missed by his wife of
59 years, Pat, and three daughters, Kathi (Mark) Hesser, Karen (Greg) Duncan Shelley (Todd) Reimers all of Lincoln and son,
Gino (Laura) Ward of Minneapolis and 18 Grandchildren and 19 Great Grandchildren, and Sister, Pat Talbott of Lincoln.
Visitation will be from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Friday, October 14, 2016 at Ropers and Sons, 4300 'O' Street.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday (10-15-16) Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Rd.
Memorials to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 2325 S. 24th St. (02) or Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Rd. (16).