Bob Ward, 82 of Fairfield, passed away February 19, 2022 at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Montana after he succumbed to injuries due to a fall. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home and per Bob's wishes no services will be held at this time. A private scattering of his remains will take place at a later date.
Bob was born February 14, 1940 in Lewistown, Montana to William "Bill" and Marjorie "Jody" (Hebb) Ward. He was one of 10 children. Bob was raised in Hobson, Montana and attended school there graduating from Hobson High School with the class of 1958. After graduation he worked for Basin State Bank in Stanford for a time and eventually went to work for US Steel, a division of American Bridge performing payroll tasks as a time keeper. He worked for US Steel until he retired in 1995.
Bob met his best friend and the love of his life Penny Cunningham in Fairfield where she was working at a salon. The couple was married July 3, 1962 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Bob and Penny would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.
Bob loved to go fishing and spend time with his brothers. He loved people; he never met a stranger. He enjoyed vacationing, camping and old westerns. Bob raised his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved sports and even set a record in high school for most points in a basketball game in a class C school. Bob always enjoyed attending the kids' sporting events. He was always their number one fan; he never missed a game. Above all Bob loved spending time with his family.
Bob is survived by his wife Penny of the family home, his daughter Bobbie Ward of Fairfield and his siblings; Jean Stevenson of Hobson, Kate Stoner of Lewistown, Betty Stinar of Great Falls, Joey (Shirley) Ward of Lewistown, David (Joanne) Ward of Lewistown and Barbara (Mike) Headlee of Billings. His grandchildren Brian, Vince, Kelli and Cody; his great-grandchildren Brain Jr., Sean, Bella, Gabriel and Isis, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Jody Ward, his daughter Stacey Ward and his brothers Little Billy, Donny and Ray "Sonny" Ward.
In lieu of flowers memorials in Bob's name are suggested to Fairfield High School Sports. They can be made in person or by mail to Fairfield High School; PO Box 399 Fairfield, MT 59436.
Condolences may be left on-line at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com