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“I am saddened to hear of Dale's passing. I just learned of it today. (12/28/18). I just read your letter Mike and you couldn't have captured your...Read More »
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Dale C. Ward, 87, of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home.

Dale was born on July 28, 1930 in Bee Branch, Arkansas to Monroe and Gertrude (French) Ward. He married Kathryn Johnson in 1949. She survives in Sterling.

Dale moved from Bee Branch to Sterling to begin work at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company. He was an active member of the Sterling Moose, serving as past Governor, on the Ritual Team and participating in contests nationwide. He was awarded the pilgrim merit from the moose lodge. He retired from north western steel and wire after 35 years.

Dale loved playing the guitar and singing karaoke. He earned the title of Fish Grandpa by taking his grandchildren fishing.

Along with his wife Kathryn he is also survived by a son, Michael Ward of Bradenton, Fla.; three grandchildren, Wesley Dale Ward, Christina Ward and Scott Ward all of Dixon; a great granddaughter Rheagan Ward of Dixon; and cousins, Beryl Glen (Pat) Ward and Virginia Johnson of Sterling.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters, and a great granddaughter Isabelle Jones.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of his life will be held of life at the Sterling Moose lodge on August 11 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Hi Dad!
I miss & love you so much, but I know you are no longer in pain or suffering. I am grateful you can now Rest In Peace!
No son could have asked for a better, kinder & more loving Father, & for that I am blessed. Through thick or thin, you were always there for me.
From a young age you instilled in me to always work hard, as well as to have good work ethics. Thank You Dad!
By your example, you taught to be an honest & honorable man. Thank You Dad!
You encouraged me to take on challenges, reach for the sky & pursue my Dreams. Because of that, after selling the car dealership, I moved to Florida, became a Motor Yacht Captain & have lived My Dream on the water, traveling up & down the east coast & all over the Bahamas. I have accomplished so much, due to your encouragement & support. Thank You Dad!
Everyone you met loved & respected you Dad. You never had an unkind word for anyone, or hesitated to jump in & help anyone & everyone who needed something from you, putting their needs above your own.
Dad, you were the single Bread-Winner for our family, & you worked so hard & sacrificed so much to provide the life you did for Mom & me. Thank you for all the sacrifices you made to provide us so well. Long hours at the mill, with numerous different shifts with nearly unbearable heat, which you withstood to be a wonderful provider, at the sacrifice of a 9 to 5 job. What a Wonderful Man & Dad. Thank you Dad!
I will always hold precious the fond memories we have shared. Sandi & I look at pictures, remembering the happy times, and miss you immensely.
Well, it is now only appropriate (& much past due) that I express my regrets & apologize for being a "Hyper-Active Child. I am sorry for retaliating to the "bulling" I sustained in grade school & middle school with less than appropriate actions. Me getting in trouble at school caused you much sadness & grief & I am sorry for that. Thank goodness, I out-grew that.
Okay, & then there was the time I decided to assist a friend "help himself" to a replacement for a faulty stereo system that the store refused to replace or refund…and we chose a most inappropriate way to seek remedy. Oh Boy, that was a bad decision. But you always stood by me & supported me. Thank You Dad!
Stop laughing Dad. I am sure I have "conveniently" forgotten so many other transgressions I did to cause you stress, gray or hair loss. But you can tell me all that when we see each other again.
Dad, you were a wonderful father & grandfather. I Thank You for everything Dad.
Love & missing you. R.I.P. Dad
Your Loving son, Mike