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Harley E. Ward

May 16, 1934 — December 16, 2021

Harley E. Ward, 87, Melbourne, FL. formerly of Goreville, IL, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2021.

He was born in Florida on May 16, 1934, to Harley and Lois (Blake) Ward. Harley married his soul-mate Marjorie L. (Eastman) Ward on June 9th, 1956. Harley served in the U.S. Army, supporting Nike Ajax Missile installations, afterwards he attended Southern Illinois University and then began his long career with GTE Verizon in software development. He was a devoted father who worked with his son’s on Boy-Scout projects while they grew. In addition to his devotion to family and work, he was an accomplished woodworking artist, he and Marjorie traveled to many different countries and for years enjoyed traveling the US in their motor home.

Harley is survived by his son Michael Keith (Jennifer); grandchildren Brian, Kerry and Paul, as well as his brother George (Ted) Blake. Harley touched many lives and will be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marjorie and son Paul.

Visitation will be on Tuesday December 21st at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville, IL from 5-7 PM. Graveside services and burial will be Wednesday December 22nd at Cana Cemetery at 10:00 AM. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register please visit

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)


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Graveside Service

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

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