John Solomon Ward, 81, of Drain, passed away April 7, 2020. 

John was born in Englewood, Kan. to parents Robert and Sarah (Cooper) Ward on March 26, 1939. 

He graduated from Drain Union High School in 1958, and then served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from 1959-1963. John married Nancy Joan Withrow on Sept. 4, 1962, in Drain. 

He worked as a millworker in Drain and Sutherlin. John enjoyed being in the outdoors, camping with family, hunting, fishing and working on cars. His greatest joy was chasing his grandchildren around. 

John was a member of the Yoncalla VFW. John is survived by his daughter Teresa (Michael) McFarland of Junction City; son John Ward Jr. of Drain; brother James Rolland (Lynda) Ward of Burns; grandchildren Tabbatha (Robert) Rapp, Tony (Whitney) Ward, Kimberly (Cody) McAlester, Kristina McFarland, and Karla McFarland. John is preceded in death by his parents, spouse, two brothers, four sisters and a grandson, Gary. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.