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Dale H. Ward

July 24, 2012
The Leader Herald

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

Born on August 23, 1941, in Little Falls, N.Y., 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 working for several local dealerships until opening his own business in 1979, where he owned and operated Dale's Repair Service for over 30 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Fort Plain Masonic Lodge No. 433 F&AM.

On September 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, N.Y.; three children, Nancy Wengenack (Thomas) of Rochester, Minn., Deborah Waner (Jeffrey) of Fort Plain, N.Y., Thomas H. Ward (Donna) of Palatine Bridge, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Christine Ward of Palatine Bridge, N.Y., Christopher Ward of Palatine Bridge, N.Y., Jordan Waner of Fort Plain, N.Y., Timothy Wengenack of Minnesota, John Wengenack of Minnesota; maternal uncle, Arthur Wheadon; 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 Street, Fort Plain, N.Y., 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



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