Frank W. Ward Jr., a 75 year resident of Glen Ellyn, died January 28 at the age of 90. Born on May 22, 1922, in Oak Park, IL, Frank was the son of Marshall, Texas, born and bred teacher and writer, Vida Lyttleton Ward, and Frank W. Ward, a small business owner and son of Chicago lawyer, Carlos J. Ward. Frank Jr grew up in River Forest, attending Oak Park and River Forest High School, until the family's move to Glen Ellyn when Frank was 15. He attended Glenbard High School (now Glenbard West) where he was a frequent high honor roll student. He served in the Army Signal Corps during World Ward II and saw duty in many locations in the Pacific. Among these were Hawaii, Johnson Island, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, and Okinawa. His unit's arrival on Okinawa in early 1945 was greeted by a night airborne infantry raid by enemy forces as the Signal Corps prepared to augment radio towers on the island. In February 1946, Frank married Baltimore born Marylou Bell. They came to Glen Ellyn and took up residence on Prairie Avenue. Son David was born in 1949. Frank was called up for service in the Korean War and stationed at Fort Monmouth NJ in 1951. The family lived in Rumson and Red Bank. After stateside Korean War duty, the family returned to Glen Ellyn and settled at 589 Prairie Ave, immediately next door to his parents' house at 585. Frank attended Illinois Institute of Technology, and later, Elmhurst College. The family grew with the addition of daughters Madeline and Ellen. Frank's great love of automobiles led him to a career as parts manager for Cadillac dealerships. He was with Berthold Hanson in Aurora for most of the 1950s and in the mid-1960s moved to Cullerton Cadillac in Brookfield. He would later be employed at Hanley Dawson in Chicago. He later had a second career in computer IT at Lucent Technologies. After Frank's retirement in 1987, he and Marylou travelled whenever they could. Their travels took them throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and Mexico. Frank loved railroads and would ride the local lines and streetcar systems wherever they travelled. He spoke some French and was delighted to use it when he became an early passenger on the TGV train in France. Frank's great love was his wife of 67 years. And his family and extended family, his brother Don (also in Glen Ellyn), and his passion for animals and rescued cats and dogs, and his collections of automotive memorabilia and history. He was also interested in genealogy and a member of the Mayflower Society, tracing his forebears back to 4 original Mayflower pilgrims. Frank was known for his often extraordinary memory. Among other feats he could point to Glen Ellyn stores, spaces and houses and name a succession of previous occupants. In addition to children David, Madeline, and Ellen, his sons in law, Chuck Scarborough and Gordon Roth, daugther in law, Anny Cuccio Ward, and his brother, Don, Frank is survived by his grandchildren Jonathan, Rebecca and her husband Callum Duffy, Sally and Nick Ward and Alex Roth and goddaughter Kyle Quintero. His beloved sister in law, Helen Casey Ward of Glen Ellyn, died September 21, 2012.
Visitation Friday, February 8, 11:00 A.M. until time of service at 12:00 P.M. Interment Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois.