William Dunkin Ward, 29, formerly of Mt. Greenwood, died April 19.
Visitation will be held April 28 at Blake Lamb Funeral Home, from 3 to 4 p.m., for the family and then to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. A private Mass of Christian burial will be held April 29 at St. Christina Roman Catholic Church. The family encourages people to attend the graveside committal at 12:45 p.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Blake Lamb Funeral Home will adhere to current gathering restrictions in Illinois that allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced.
He is survived by his wife, Laura; his mom, Marge; his brother, Dan (Laura); his in-laws, John and Mary Lynn; his brother-in-law, John Bombard; his aunts and uncles, Patricia Walsh, Marilyn (Tom) Duhig, Denise Dunleavy, Charlotte (Pat) Buckley and Kevin (Geri) Ward; and his cousins, Tim (Natalie), Jim, Pat and Brian Buckley, Katie (Mark) Ward, Kelly (Tim) Moore, Marnie (Jason) Milakovich, Maureen (Matt) Horan, Mary Duhig, Jane (Jim) Saracini, Billy Duhig, Erin Kruse, and Maura, Marlene and Brian (Maura) Dunleavy.
Ward was a loyal friend to many, and his loss is felt his friends from Kenwood, Br. Rice High School and beyond. His best friend, Sticks (Nick), will forever remain a source of fond memories shared with Ward, who always surrounded himself with company he enjoyed.
Ward was a Br. Rice and Illinois State University grad. Bill and Laura Ward had been living in Seattle, Wash., where they often spent their free time hiking the Cascade Mountains and exploring the Pacific Northwest with their dog, Cooper.