Martin J. Ward, 95, of Marshall, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at First United Methodist Church in Marshall with Masonic services. Rev. Dave Huck will officiate. Organist Jane Huff will play "Ave Maria" and "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." Visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 14, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Pallbearers will be David Cramer, Jerry Mann, Floyd King, Beverly Brayman, Paula Barr and Dale Zank. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church.
Born Dec. 2, 1908, at Spiro, Okla., he was the son of the late Jefferson D. Ward and Helen I. Hahn Ward. On Aug. 21, 1938, in Gilliam, he married Mildred L. Leimbrock, who survives of the home. He received a bachelor of science degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and juris doctor degree from College of Law of Oklahoma University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi honorary legal fraternity. He also attended University of Arkansas and Tulsa University. Admitted to practice in 1935, he was a senior member of Oklahoma State Bar and a member of the Missouri Bar since 1947. He was in private practice in Tulsa and was a district attorney for the price administration office. During World War II, he was an instructor in the U.S. Signal Corps. He was associated in practice in Marshall with C.H.O. Leimbrock until his retirement and afterward with Edward P. Cleary. In 1947, he was appointed a federal administration law judge, hearing black lung cases in Virginia and West Virginia. He was also admitted to practice in the federal courts, U.S. Tax Court, Interstate Commerce Commission and Federal Communications Commission. He was a voting member of the Choctaw Indian Nation of Oklahoma and a member of First United Methodist Church, holding various offices within the local church and serving on church conference boards. He was also a former member of the Marshall Optimist Club and Marshall Chamber of Commerce.
Additional survivors include two nieces, Sallie Morton of Marshall and Joyce Kief of Bloomington, Ill.; one nephew, Willard Morton of Willowbrook, Ill.; three great-nieces, Leesa Morton, Rebecca Morton and Jessica Morton, all of Marshall; two great-nephews, Stephen Morton of Houston, Texas., and David Morton of Waco, Texas; and other nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Maud H. Skinner and Freida I. Moore; and one brother, Jeff D. Ward.
Additional information provided per family recompense.