Charles Lester Ward was born March 3, 1964 to June and George Ward in Santa Cruz, California. He passed away September 18, 2020 at his home in Shoshone, Idaho.
Growing up, he lived in a few different places. He spent a lot of his time in Compo, California running in the hills and playing Cowboys and Indians with his older brother and cousins. He went to school until the 10th grade playing football for the Mountain Empire.
He moved to Ramon, California in 1983 where he settled down. On March 2, 1988 he and his ex-girlfriend had his first and only son, Kaili Zock. He started dating the love of his life, Kristine Leezy (Ward) March 15, 1988. Charles had his first baby girl, Charli Lynn, September 14, 1989. Then on August 25, 1990, in Ramon, California, he married his best friend, Kristine Ward. On July 28, 1991, they had their second child, Bobbie Lynn. Then finally in December of 1995 Randi Lynn was born, fulfilling his dream of living in a house full of women.
Charles was a man of many traits. He worked as a tire mechanic, diesel mechanic, tree cutter, and a ranch hand, but his most memorable job was as a potable waste driver. He worked for Sweets Portable Waste for 9 years. This gave him the opportunity to spend more time with his three girls, making the love and bond with them even stronger.
In April of 2001, he moved with his wife and three daughters to Shoshone, Idaho where he finally placed his roots and spent the final years of his life.
In June of 2014 Charles and Kristine divorced. They maintained their friendship, and he still talked about how Kristine was the love of his life and best friend.
In November of 2014 he was diagnosed with renal failure. Over the next 6 years he fought to stay alive but ultimately lost his battle.
Charles enjoyed nothing more then being a father until 2015 when he became a Grandpa. Luther Cox became the light of his life. He loved watching Luther grow up and spending time with him. August 2019, he became a Grandpa again, when his second grandson, Antony Ward, was born. The last year of his life he spent with his grandsons, three girls and a few close friends. Charles touched several lives and made an impression on everyone he met.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son; grandparents; nephews; cousins; and friends.
He is survived by his three daughters, Charli, Bobbie, and Randi; two grandsons, Luther and Antony; ex-wife, Kristine; older brother, Jimmy; sister, Patsy; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Charles was an amazing man, father, grandfather, and friend. He will truly be missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 10, 2020 at PLACE.
A Go Fund Me account has been started in Charles’ name to help with costs.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Charles’ memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.
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