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WARD: A friend and mentor

| December 6, 2020 1:00 AM

Don Ward was on guard duty that night. He was nervous. The Korean War raged.

He heard a sound that he could not identify. Turned out it was a fox. So I proudly did the “raspy bark” of a fox. Don, with a twinkle in his eye, said, no, it was a Korean fox, not an American fox!

We shared Don and Lois with many of you.

Don was talented in many areas. He wound up running the motor pool for his unit in Korea.

Just weeks before Don passed away, he volunteered to come up to our home and help with a downed branch. Don was almost 90!

The Wards, as missionaries to Mexico, would support my wife and I as we did “grandparent” evangelism on college campuses. And they prayed over large numbers of student prayer requests. Many miracles resulted!

Now I do not know how many of you were invited by the Wards to the “Golden Corral.” Don never put on any weight. He methodically loaded two plates at the beginning, while the rest of us waited to pray.

In our last visit he, shared the book “The Oracle,” going over 1917, 1948 and 1967 in prophecies of Israel again becoming a nation.

I last saw Don two days before he went into the hospital. He was at Super 1 and loading groceries in his car. He gave me a nice smile and asked how I was doing.

“Well done, good and faithful servant…” (Matthew 25:21).


Hayden Lake