Joseph Ward, 58, of LaPorte, IN, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at
Jerry was born in
Gary, IN, on February 23, 1962, to Ronald Wayne and Carol June (Truth) Ward.
On August 15, 2016,
he became engaged to Carla Novreske, who survives. Also surviving are his
children, Benji Kidd of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Scott (Becca Ridge) Ward of
Huntsville, AL, Evan Ward of Charlevoix, MI, and Gracie Ward of Charlevoix,
MI; stepdaughter, Megan (Chris) Rodgers of LaPorte; brother, Wayne (Cindi
Delich) Ward of Valparaiso; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in
death by his parents; sister, Cheryl “Sherry” Ward; and grandparents, Paul
and Margurette Truth, and Benjamin and Virginia Ward.
Jerry was an
Entertainer on Marco Island, Florida for many years. He also entertained at
Put-In-Bay, Ohio and New York, New York Casino in Las Vegas, in addition to
local entertaining. Not only was singing his career, but also his passion.
He had the honor to meet and open for stars like Tanya Tucker, Tammy Wynette,
and Merle Haggard. He loved people and enjoyed making them laugh. Jerry also
enjoyed cooking and dinner parties. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha
Fraternity. Jerry studied music and business administration at Valparaiso
University. He had a thirst for knowledge.
Cremation has taken
place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte.
contributions may be directed to the family c/o Carla Novreske, 2900 Monroe
St., LaPorte, IN, 46350, or to the American Cancer Society, Northwest
Indiana Office, 130 Red Coach Dr., Mishawaka, IN, 46545.
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