COLUMBIANA - Ward A. Brooke, 75, of Saybrook Boulevard, passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 13, 1941, in Salem, a son of the late Raymond and Elizabeth McDevitt Brooke.
A graduate of North Lima High School in 1959, he received his AAS degree in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University in 1976.
Wards work history includes working as an electrician at United Engineering in Youngstown, L.W. Nash Company in East Palestine, Kaiser Refractories in Columbiana, and Sharon Steel in Sharon, Pa. He ended up at the R.D. Werner Company in Greenville, Pa., as a maintenance supervisor for 26 years, retiring in 2008. He served as an EMT for the Beaver Towship Fire Department and Rescue Square for 15 years.
He belonged to the Greenville Lions Club, serving as president, and always looked forward to their annual Lions Pancake Day, working for 14 hours that day, serving the community.
He volunteered his time for the Habitat for Humanity organization, both in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Ward always lent a hand to anyone who needed it, family and friends alike. No one was a stranger to Ward.
He married Margaret Springer Brooke in East Palestine in 1983. Together, they enjoyed taking family vacations and bowling in the Werner bowling league. Ward also golfed for many years in the Werner golf league. Ward and Peggy retired to Columbiana in 2009.
There was nothing he liked better than to watch his children and grandchildren in their music and sports activities.
He loved to travel, play cards with friends, read, and complete his crossword puzzles.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his infant son, Brian Keith; a stepson, Joseph Stanley Kell; his brother, Lee Brooke; and grandparents Walter and Elsie McDevitt and Clarence and Vera Brooke.
Ward is survived by his wife, Peggy; daughters Tera Crowe of Washington, Pa. and Pamela (Dean) Hiner of North Lima; a son, Kevin (Tara) Brooke; and a stepson, Joshua Kell. He also leaves his grandsons, Andrew Kell, Austin Webber, Hayden Brooke, Max Brooke, and Colton Hiner and granddaughters Taylor (Evan) Hunsaker, Brooke Webber, and Cassie Brooke. A sister, Kaye (Don) Gregory of Columbiana; a brother, Bruce (Beth) Brooke, Fla.; sister-in-law Pat Springer of Austintown; brother-in-law Bill Springer of Boston; as well as nieces and nephews, also survive.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Linsley-Royal Funeral Home in East Palestine, with Pastor Bill Wilkins officiating. Burial will follow at Glenview Cemetery in East Palestine.
The family will receive friends today from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
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