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Ward J. Bond

June 15, 1935 — November 18, 2015

Munising

Ward J. Bond, age 80, of N6820 Bond Road in Munising, died unexpectedly of a sudden cardiac event at his home on Wednesday evening, November 18, 2015. He was born on June 15, 1935 in Stambaugh, Michigan to Nicholas and Katherine (Wallek) Bond. Ward graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1953 where he excelled in athletics. As a teenager and into his adulthood, Ward played hockey with the Stambaugh Red Wings. He went to work as a diamond driller around the country and in 1957, he attended Northern Michigan University where he played football and on the club hockey team that eventually evolved into Northern's Team. Ward married Katherine Pedo on November 28, 1959 and together they raised their two children. Ward continued working as a diamond driller while he finished his degree from NMU. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. In 1963, he moved to Munising and taught wood working, metals, drafting, and building trades for thirty-four years. During that time, Mr. Bond also coached football and wrestling and spent time on the field as football official and referee, and taught driver's education. Ward spent the summers running his own construction company and spent many years building a home per summer. When he was done constructing homes, he became a handyman for hire in summertime. Ward was past member of the Lions Club and a faithful member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Munising. He was instrumental in the building of the church, and was active as a Trustee, Elder, President, Vice President, and handyman at whatever needed to be done. Ward will mostly be treasured for the messages he shared with the children on a bimonthly basis. Lessons were learned not only by the children of all ages, but by the on looking adults. Ward and Kathie were business partners at the Hasty Tasty and owned the Dairy Freeze in Escanaba. They raised and showed collies, shelties, and springers in their spare time. Ward enjoyed hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-six years - Kathie Bond of Munising; sister-in-law - Sue and John Cocco of Stambaugh; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ward was preceded in death by his parents; children - Michael Ward Bond in 1977 and Heather Marie Bond in 1981; brothers - Orval (Alma) Bond, George (Jean) Bond, and Howard (Sophie) Bond; and a sister Lillian Bond.

Visitation will be held at the Bowerman Funeral Home on Monday, November 23, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Pastor Mark Werner will conduct Ward's funeral service at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Munising at 6:30 p.m. Interment will be at a later date at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Munising. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ward's name are requested to be made to the Good Shepherd Building Fund.
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