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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Obituary – Harrison “Dickie” Ward

Harrison (Dickie) Ward was born to Bobrie Lee, Sr. and Gertrude Ward in Seattle, Washington, on November 18, 1937.  After many years of health challenges, Dickie departed this life on August 31, 2022 at the age of 84. 

Dickie lived his entire life, except for his military year, in Seattle, growing up in the Central District. He attended Horace Mann Elementary, Washington Middle School, and Garfield High School, where he ran track and played football. In later years, he resided in the Rainier Valley as a devoted husband and father.

Dickie would meet the love of his life, Doris L. Pascal, and join with her in holy matrimony on April 24, 1959. They were married for 63 years. Together they were blessed with three children:  Kenneth Harrison, Lance Eugene, and Adriene Denise.

Dickie served his country as a member of the Armed Services and received an honorable discharge. After his service in the Army, Dickie began employment as a Machinist at The Boeing Company where he received several safety and production awards. He retired from Boeing after 41 years of dedicated service. 

Building and fixing things was a passion and major part of Dickie’s life. After retiring, he kept active as a handyman for a housing/apartment complex and with numerous home and landscaping projects. Over the years he transformed his home with a series of patios and landscaping designs so that he could entertain and enjoy the outdoors. Many family BBQs, parties, and holidays were made better because of the spaces Dickie created inside and outside his home.  His passion for building continued into his later years.  Just a couple of days before his passing, he was thinking of ideas of how to improve the entrance pathway to his house.

Dickie enjoyed a very active social life. He was a member of the Royal Esquire Club for many years. He spent a lot of time playing chess, poker, and dominos with friends at the social club, as well as entertaining in his own home.

Dickie was preceded in death by his parents, Bobrie L. Ward Sr. and Gertrude L. Ward; brothers, Larry E. Ward, Bobrie Lee Ward, Jr., Raiman J. Ward, and John Ellis (Joey) Ward; and sister, Janet (Ward) Trahan.

Dickie is survived by his beloved wife, Doris L. Ward; sons, Kenny (Pam) Ward and Lance (Marlo) Ward, and daughter, Adriene (Dwayne) Miller, all of Seattle, WA; brother, Leonard L. Ward, of Fort Worth, TX; sisters, Shirley G. Jacobs and Carol Brown, of Seattle, WA, and Sandra Starling, of Bakersfield, CA; grandchildren, Kaylynn Miller, Marcus Miller, Melanie Ward, and Kelly (Jose) Ward; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family.

A Memorial Service for Harrison (Dickie) Ward will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 11:00 am at Evergreen -Washelli, repast immediately following.

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