Melvin Ward

Melvin Ward

Sunday, May 12th, 1935 Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

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Obituary for Melvin Lloyd Ward

Melvin Lloyd Ward, 84, of Linesville, passed away, Wednesday, August 7, 2019 unexpectedly at his residence. He was born on May 12, 1935 in Oil City, PA at his grandmothers house, a son of Lloyd Axtel Ward and L. Grace Perry Ward. He married Jean Krem Ward on October 5, 2000 she preceded him in death on May 24, 2017.

He lived in Oil City, Cochranton, Meadville, and Conneaut Lake while growing up. With no work in the area the family moved to Seattle, Washington for a brief time before settling in Burbank, California in 1953. During this time, Melvin had attended three different high schools his senior year before graduation from Burbank High School Class of 1953. He went from a class of 50 students to a graduating class of over 1000 students. He began working in the tool and die trade after graduation then decided to attend Glendale Junior College for Jewelry Making and Stone Identification. He went rock hunting in Alaska, Montana, Mexico, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and the surrounding states. He licked every rock he found to see the color and what tools he didn't have, he made. He was a jack of all trades, could fix anything, and shared his knowledge and talent with family and friends. He will be missed. Melvin and his father opened their first jewelry store in 1962 in Burbank closing the store in 1991. It was one of the largest jewelry stores in the area, and miners would bring their stones to Melvin and he would distribute them to other retailers in the area. He produced a water squirting ring for the movie "Thoroughly Modern Millie" as well as did work for Roy Rogers, Disney, and Carol Channing. He was always known for saying "the impossible takes a little longer." He taught jewelry making for the Erie Rock Club and many other rock clubs through the years, and at Glendale Junior College. He loved to talk with others and never had a bad day. He will be known for always having a smile on his face.

Mel was always busy and involved with Archery Club, Bowling League, Lockheed Rock Crafters, he took many big game hunts with his horses, and was in many rock organizations. During the winter months he could be found in Zephyrhills, Florida and was a member of First Baptist Church of Greenville.

He is survived by his first wife and mother of his children, Sandy Ward; four daughters, Nancy (Dave) Teasley of Tennessee, Cindy (Drew) Ratzloff of California, Gayle (Dean) Jenkins of California, and Wendie (Todd) Gillespie of California; eight grandchildren; one step grandchild; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Arlene (Bob) Dougherty of Fort Collins, Colorado and Anna (LaVerne) Larson of Meadville; step children, Kim (Ken) Kebort of Saegertown, Kelly (Frank) Bortuzzi of Cortland, Ohio, and Kathy (Tracy) Porter of Linesville; three step grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; a sister in law, Janet Hanson of Meadville; sister in law and brother in law, John and Joyce Woge of Meadville; many nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Jean; he was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother in law, Ella May and Chuck Graham of California; and a nephew, Ted Larson of Meadville.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a graveside service on Friday, August 16th at Venango Cemetery, 22399 Cemetery Road, Venango, PA at 11:00am.

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    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Venango Cemetery
    22399 Cemetery Road
    Venango, Pennsylvania
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    Friday, August 16th, 2019
    Graveside Service
    Pastor Jeff Landfried
  • Interment

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Venango Cemetery
    22399 Cemetery Road
    Venango, Pennsylvania
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    Friday, August 16th, 2019

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Cindy Ratzloff

#2 daughter has a lot of great memories growing up with horses, camping, fishing, gardening and lots more. Many cherished memories working in the Jewelers store as partners for 16 yrs, and people say business and relatives never work out, well that wasn't the case. Hope to see you in heaven someday. forever your daughter #2 Cindy
Comment | Posted at 12:07am via Condolence

sandy ward

RIP Mel..expecting to see you again in heaven!
Thanks for our four wonderful daughters and all the good memories...because of you I love the outdoors and still find myself looking down for rocks, shells and any unknown treasures!
Blessings to all your wonderful Pennsylvania family!
sandy ward
Comment | Posted at 01:57pm via Condolence

Nancy Teasley

Thanks, dad, for all the great memories. You aced everything you tried. Always in our hearts. Never to be forgotten. Your daughters, Nancy, Cindy, Gayle and Wendy
Comment | Posted at 01:10pm via Condolence

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