Brasher Falls - Lyle D, Ward, 73, passed away Sunday (October 16, 2011) at his home. Arrangements are entrusted with the Hammill Funeral Home, Winthrop.
Lyle was born April 21, 1938 in Massena, the son of the late Gordon and Margaret (Davis) Ward. Growing up in the area he was educated locally through the Massena Central Schools. Lyle married Elizabeth Pecore, she predeceased him in 1974. On July 9, 1976 he united into marriage with Yvonne LaVare, together they took on the challenge of blending two families as one.
From a very young age Lyle had a passion for horses. He devoted many years training horses for harness racing. Some of his favorite horses were Jigger and Speedy Hunter. Lyle was a longtime dairy farmer, which now his son Michael and his wife Angela carry on the farming tradition.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; four sons, Michael (Angela) Ward of Brasher; Robbie Ward of Brasher; Kevin (Jane) Ward of Massena; Jeffery (Amy) Ward of Brasher. He is also survived by a step daughter Laurie Andrews, five step son's David, Jeffrey, Donald, Randy, and Peter Bell. Also surviving Lyle are seventeen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
He is predeceased by a brother Bernard who died in 1981.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1pm, at the Knapp Station Community Church.
Memorial contributions in Lyle's honor many be made to the American Heart Association.
Memories may be shared with the Ward family at www.hammillfh.com