Ronald Ward

September 24, 1946 — December 31, 2021

Ronald Lee Ward, born Sept. 24, 1946, in Seattle, Wash., to Claar Ward and Ruby Burke Ward, passed away Dec. 31, 2021, at WhidbeyHealth in Coupeville, Wash.

Ron was raised in Seattle. He attended Ballard High School and Edison Technical School. Ron married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ellen Higley Ward; they have three wonderful children. Ron grew up in Seattle and lived there until moving to Whidbey Island in 1977.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Ellen (Higley) Ward; his three children and their families, Johnathan (Jandellyn) Ward and their children Matthew, Tamsin and Mariah Ward, Christopher (Julie) Ward andtheir children David, Imani, Andrew and Mihret Ward, and Tonya (Patrick) Tyler and their son Benjamin Tyler; his sister Janet Johnson; and numerous other family and friends.

At Ron’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hope’s Promise orphan care at or www. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all the angels disguised as health care professionals for their loving and compassionate care during Ron’s health journeys.

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