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  • Dale H. Ward

  • Mr. Dale H. Ward, 70, of State Route 5S, Fort Plain, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his home, following a long illness.

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  • Mr. Dale H. Ward, 70, of State Route 5S, Fort Plain, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his home, following a long illness.
    Born on Aug. 23, 1941, in Little Falls, he was the son of Howard Ward and Ruth Wheadon Ward. He was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of Fort Plain High School, class of 1959.
    Mr. Ward was a farm equipment mechanic and worked for several local dealerships until he opened his own business in 1979, when he owned and operated Dale’s Repair Service for over 30 years until his retirement.
    He was a member of Fort Plain Masonic Lodge No. 433, F&AM.
    On Sept. 1, 1962, at the Johnstown United Methodist Church, Dale was married to Elaine L. Sponable. Together they celebrated almost 50 years of marriage.
    Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Elaine Ward, of Fort Plain; three children, Nancy Wengenack (Thomas), of Rochester, Minn., Deborah Waner (Jeffrey), of Fort Plain, and Thomas H. Ward (Donna), of Palatine Bridge; five grandchildren, Christine Ward, of Palatine Bridge, Christopher Ward, of Palatine Bridge, Jordan Waner, of Fort Plain, Timothy Wengenack, of Minnesota, and John Wengenack, of Minnesota; maternal uncle, Arthur Wheadon; and cousin, Judith King (Keith).
    A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain, with Rev. R.W. Williams officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Fort Plain Cemetery.
    Contributions in memory of Mr. Dale H. Ward may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078 or to the Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 374, Fort Plain, NY 13339.
    Please sign the online guestbook for Mr. Ward at www.houghtalingandsmith.com.
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