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Robert B Ward
Robert B. (Pappy) Ward  1926-2017
Commander Robert B. (Pappy) Ward, USN Retired, passed away on May 1, 2017. He has joined his parents, Webb Wright and Alta Ethel Ward of Travis County, Texas; his beloved daughter Karen Ward Maacks; and his brother, James F. Ward, who preceded him to their heavenly home. Bob was a member of the “Greatest Generation.” At age 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and served during World War II. He served in submarines until 1947, when he received orders to Stillwater, Oklahoma, and served as a station keeper for a Naval Reserve unit. During that three year tour, he attended and graduated from Oklahoma A& M, now known as Oklahoma State. With degree in hand, Bob applied for the Naval Aviation Cadet program. Shortly thereafter, he received orders to a Pacific Fleet submarine operation out of Japan. He spent four months temporary duty in a destroyer off the coast of Korea, while enroute to his submarine. He caught up with his new command in Sasebo, Japan. On reporting aboard, he was handed orders to Pensacola f or flight t raining. While in Pensacola, Bob met his future bride, Doris Alta Brooks. As a cadet, he earned the nickname “Pappy” as the oldest member of his preflight class. Later, he was the oldest Ensign in his first squadron. During his 35 year career, he served in two submarines; one destroyer; five aircraft carriers as an attack pilot; one carrier as ships company and three carriers as nuclear weapons officer on the staff of Commander Carrier Division Four. He served in several shore stations, including three years in Pensacola as a flight instructor. He also served two and a half years in Port Lyautey, Morocco, as a Naval Intelligence Officer with collateral duties as Police Liaison Officer with the Royal Moroccan Police. He also served as Commanding Officer, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22; Operations and Executive Officer of the amphibious assault ship, U.S.S. Inchon; Director of Management Engineering for CNO field activity; and a final tour as Executive Officer, Naval Training Equipment Center, Orlando, Florida. Bob retired from the Navy in 1978, and enrolled at the University of West Florida. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a criminal justice degree. He then served Escambia County as a deputy sheriff, retiring as Sergeant in 1992. Bob leaves his loving wife of 64 years, Doris Brooks Ward; daughters Alta Elaine (Perry) Cunningham and Sharon (Brian, Sr) Bell; adopted son, Michael (Ashley) Maacks; grandchildren, Russell (Becky) Schwalier, Brian Bell, Jr, Lindsley (David) Morris, Katherine Bell and stepgranddaughter Stephanie (Ricky) Gravatt. He will be missed by seven great -grandchildren: Ta ylor, Dylan, Brooke, Quinn and Alexia Schwalier; Madison and Lucy Morris, great -great -grandson Tanner Reese; step great- grandchildren Olivia and Emma Gravatt; Taylen, Andrew and Elijah Martinez. Other survivors are his sister-in-law, Jackie Ward; niece Mary Beth (Don) Walker; nephews Jim (Beth) and Gary (Lisa) Ward; great -nieces Becca Walker, Ellie Ward; great nephews Clay Henry; Derek, Matthew and Seth Ward; great -great nephews Jaxson and A drian Ward. Highly competent in all aspects of his professional life, his primary love was his family. Although he will be sorely missed, those of us left behind take comfort in knowing we will see him again, just as Jesus promised. Honorary pall bearers will be Tom Brooks, Michael Maacks, Brian Bell, Jr., Russell Schwalier, Brian Bell, Sr., Perry Cunningham, members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Escambia County Sheriffs Lodge 149 and members of his Sunday school class at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church. Visitation will be held at on Sunday May 7, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, 619 New Warrington Road, Pensacola, FL. Funeral service will be on Monday May 8 at 10:00 AM at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with interment to follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens with military