Ward F. Damschroder, 92, formerly of Gibsonburg and Perrysburg, Ohio, passed away due to complications from COVID-19 in Henderson, Nevada, in January.
Ward was born at home in Gibsonburg, Ohio, to parents Ray and Nellie (Driftmyer) Damschroder. He is survived by son Dr. David Damschroder (Minnesota) and daughter Carol (George) Dow-Richards (Nevada), and by two grandsons, Dr. Mike (Chris Belfour) Dow (California) and David (John Shultz) Dow (North Carolina). His wife, Ruth (Maurer) Damschroder, preceded him in death. His siblings Albert Damschroder, Carl Damschroder, Louis Damschroder, Elsie Deininger, and Ruth McCoy passed on before him.
He is survived by his brother Ervin (Beth) Damschroder (Gibsonburg) and sister Thelma (Paul) Henline (Fostoria).
Ward had a career he loved at Woodville Lime and Chemical Company, as their Vice President and Treasurer. He retired from Martin Marietta Corporation after their acquisition of his previous employer.
Ward's passions were his family, serving others, travel, and golf. He and Ruth organized numerous family vacations. Many will remember Ward as "The Cookie Man". For years he would bake the most delicious cookies, sending them to family and friends on birthdays and other occasions. His motto was "Everyone enjoys a surprise". The post office staff looked forward to Ward's many trips to ship his goodies, as he always gave them samples to enjoy. Ward volunteered at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gibsonburg, Grace United Methodist Church in Perrysburg, and St. Luke's Hospital in Maumee, for many years. And Ward loved to play golf! He was on the links several times per week in retirement, ending this pastime in 2016 when he moved to assisted living in Nevada.
Visitation will be held Saturday, July 24, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 795 W. Madison Street, Gibsonburg, Ohio, 43431. Burial will follow at the adjacent West Union Cemetery. A celebration of life gathering will take place after the burial with refreshments. Casual dress.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the Aphasia Recovery Connection, the nonprofit 501c3 that his grandson started following a massive stroke, c/o 8510 Safflower Way NE, Leland, NC 28451; or to Grace United Methodist Church in Perrysburg.
Herman-Veh Funeral Home & Crematory has had the honor of providing services to the Damschroder family.