Ward Crist Millard, 71, passed away peacefully into our loving father’s arms in Heaven the morning of October 21, 2020. He was born in Cass Lake, Minnesota on June 1st, 1949 to Ruby (Reinhardt) and Crist Millard.
Ward had a passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and ATV rides just exploring what he called ‘God’s Country’ around the Leech Lake area.
In his younger years he went into the U.S. Marine Corps where he was a legal clerk and court reporter. After his discharge he enrolled in Anoka Tech taking Machine Shop and Mold Making. He started working at Mate in 1974 and retired from there after 40yrs and moved up to his retirement place in Park Rapids, MN.
During his retirement years Ward enjoyed bird watching, watering his many plants and spending time with family.
He is survived by his sister Marilyn Millard, his four children Scott Millard (Heidi), Jennifer Winkels, Krista Brosius (John), Matthew Carroll (Nicky) and 8 grandchildren Ellie, Heather, Jordan, Kaelyn, Leia, Reigyn, Sabryn and Sarah along with many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his sisters Sharon Bilben and Nancy Millard and brother Darrell Millard.
A Celebration of Ward’s life will be held on October 31st at Northern Peace Funeral Home, 114 Tianna Drive, Walker, MN from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. followed by a private family burial. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully asks that donations be sent to your local animal shelter.
Ward’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com
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