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Burton Ward

March 14, 1943 — December 8, 2021

Burton L. Ward
March 14, 1943 - December 8, 2021

From humble beginnings on a farm in Swanton, Ohio, Burton Lauren Ward was born third in line after his sisters, Carol Miller and Florence Ort of Swanton to a musically accomplished mother, Winifred L. Ward-Goldsmith.

Burton grew up in a Christ-honoring home where music and singing were as much a part of living as meat and potatoes. Though the farm didn't produce much, it was a great place for a young boy to experience "shade tree" mechanics. He mastered mechanics and carried those skills into every vocation thereafter. He was known to say, "The upshot of the whole deal is I've driven just about everything there is to drive, and I drove 'em hot."

He was assigned to the school bus seat in front of a pretty girl who was soon to become his sweetheart. He promptly told the kid sharing her seat to swap places, and that was the beginning of a lifetime of shared adventure with Barbara (Bobbie) Dyer. Bobbie moved with her family to Durango, Colorado and Burton followed three years later. They shared 59 years of tumultuous bliss.

While farming, custom combining, well drilling, or diesel mechanics for large excavation equipment, Burton was inventive in fabricating many of the tools he needed. He loved the challenge of cutting and hauling logs over rugged mountain terrain. His stories included close scrapes and he liked telling how one day when other truck drivers were complaining about chaining up to go over Wolf Creek Pass, he picked up the CB and said, "Hey, at least your road is paved."

Some of Burton's favorite past times were riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, tending his cattle, singing, and taking family and friends to the Bar D Wranglers.

His life showed his devotion to his Lord Jesus. "I didn't think I'd live to see 25 and here I am at 79 with children and grandchildren, and we even have great-grandchildren!" The four children: Debbie (Richard) Howell of Townsend, MT; Donna K. (James) Wallace of Bozeman, MT; Robert (Carolyn) Ward of Ignacio, CO; DiAnna (Steve) Duncan of Cantonment, FL. Grandchildren: Bill (Meghan), Christopher (Kayla) and Mathew (Jaclyn)Howell; Cierra and Spencer (Whitney) Wallace; David, Stephen, Aletheia, and Joanna Ward; Kayelei and Tyler Miller, and Carlee Duncan. Great-grandchildren: Shelbie, Shaylie, Shiloh, Carson, Preston, Kaitlyn, Rylee, Callie Jo, Nolan and Porter.

A funeral service will be held at the Pine River Valley Baptist Church, 11942 CO-172, Ignacio on Saturday, December 18th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Ignacio Cemetery East. Please join us for a potluck meal after the services.

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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Mountain time)

Pine River Valley Baptist Church

11942 CO-172, Ignacio, CO 81137

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