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Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)
Tuesday December 21st, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Cana Cemetery
Thursday December 23rd, 2021

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Harley E. Ward

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 bluefuneralhome.com

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Harley and Marjorie attended Goreville United Methodist Church before they moved to FL. They both were very active in our church. When I would see them they were not just husband and wife they were soulmates...Harley is with his soulmate smiling down from heaven...

Deborah Dec 22 2021 9:00 PM

Two of our favorite people in Southern Illinois. Moved here 21 years ago and they lived right across the lake from us and went to our same church. A good friendship developed and we missed them when they moved to Florida.

Jerry and Norma Kluge. Dec 20 2021 7:05 PM

Steve and I were so very saddened to hear of the passing of your father. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all the family as you encounter the most difficult days and weeks ahead. May god give you strength and peace, Love- Steve and AmyLou

Amy Lobeck Dec 20 2021 6:18 AM

I loved Uncle Harley with all my heart. He was one of the last living relatives of my mother and the kind of person he was and the way he lived should be an inspiration to anyone who knew him. I am comforted by the thought that he will again be with his beloved Marjorie. He and his son carry on the kind of love that is once in a lifetime. We will miss him.

Ruth Blake Dec 20 2021 2:05 AM

I so enjoyed having Marge and Harley as friends. Their talent and outlook on life filled me with joy & laughter, appreciation of our gifts!!! They were gifts to all who knew them. So sorry for your loss BUT joyful they are together again!

rowena montgomery eastman Dec 19 2021 9:24 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Harley Ward

Julie Tripp Dec 18 2021 8:25 PM