Elvis Richard Ward, 89, of Paris, passed away at 7:40 a.m. EDT Saturday, May 18, 2019, at The Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care, Terre Haute, Ind. He was retired after more than 50 years as a truck driver for Wallace Livestock Trucking, Vigoro and Paris Transport.
Services celebrating his life are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Templeton Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Parkinson officiating. Burial follows in Edgar Cemetery. Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the funeral home and Masonic Rites by Prairie Lodge #77 A.F. & A.M are 5 p.m. Friday at the conclusion of the visitation.
Mr. Ward was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Edgar County, the son of the late Alva Lee and Ada Pearl Wallace Ward. He married Grace Ann Conover Oct. 30, 1971, in Paris, and she survives.
Other survivors include three children, Marsha (Robert) Lucas of Littleton, Colo., Elvis “Butch” (Linda) Ward of Terre Haute and Richard (Kim) Ward of Paris; seven grandchildren, Kimberly (David) Sweitzer of Junction City, Kan., Kristopher Lucas of Brookhaven, Ga., Karina (Jeff) Ramsey of Littleton, Colo., Samara (Matt) Tyree of Fort Knox, Ky., Brooklyn Ward of Paris and Jackie and Heather Svitek of Paris; six great-grandchildren, Sam and Brittney Sweitzer, Lily, Lucas and Nolan Ramsey, and Arianna Tyree; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ershel Ward, a sister, Mary Louise Griffin, and his friend and former spouse, Rosie (Maynard) Whitlock.
Mr. Ward was a member of First Christian Church of Paris; a 50-year member of Prairie Lodge #77 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons; AASR Valley of Danville; Ansar Shrine Temple; Edgar County Shrine Club; the North American Poolshooters Association League of Edgar County; and the Tuesday Night Euchre Club.
He loved trucking and playing pool, was a loyal St. Louis Cardinals Fan and enjoyed watching game shows on television. Above all else, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church of Paris.
Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.