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A major Abbey/Abbe researcher, Jeromey Ward, died November 30, 2009, in Mansfield, OH, at age 34. His obituary is located at the bottom of this page. Fortunately, his genealogical research collection was saved to Rootsweb here:

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Jeromey K. Ward
March 05, 1975 ~ November 30, 2009
Mansfield, Ohio
Visitation: Friday, December 04, 2009 from 1:00-3:00 P.M. and 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Snyder Funeral Home, Bellville, OH
Funeral: Saturday, December 05, 2009 at 11:00 A.M.
at Snyder Funeral Home, Bellville, OH
Burial: Bunkerhill Cemetery, Butler, Ohio
MANSFIELD - On pitch black nights, Jeromey Ward would take his sons down to Hidden Hollow, below Bellville, away from all the lights of civilization to look at the stars. He had a fascination with astronomy, and used his telescope to get a better grasp of God’s created universe. They’d shoot bottle rockets and try to focus in on the Pistol Star.

Jeromey has a better vantage point to see the Pistol Star, as heaven is closer than Hidden Hollow. He passed away Monday, November 30, 2009 in his Mansfield home. He was 34.

Born Jeromey Kendall Ward on March 5, 1975 in Mansfield, he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1992, and attended DeVry Institute where he studied electronics.

He had an affinity for robotics, and the intelligence and ability to integrate robots and electronics. For the past nine years, he had worked with Newman Technology, and was promoted to quality control. He participated in the In-Circle competitions on behalf of Newman Tech - Honda-sponsored think-tank competitions, brain storming around problem solving. His laser-guided system to produce mufflers is still in use.

Often seen on his computer, Jeromey worked on strategy games and even genealogy.

Described as a “big teddy bear,” he was a pretty good cook, and had a classic recipe for chili, with just enough heat and all the right spices.
He had attended First Alliance Church in Mansfield, and was sentimental over family relics and antiques. His family was a treasure, and he so enjoyed taking them swimming - often to Beulah Beach.

Before working at Newman, he worked with Hi-Stat in Lexington, and prior to that he worked at the Dairy Mart on Lexington Avenue. It was there at the store he met another employee: Rachel Hall. He and Rachel were married September 21, 1995 in Mansfield.

In addition to Rachel, he is survived by sons Ethan Kendall Ward and Jacob Matthew Ward; his parents Roger and Linda (Morrow) Ward of Mansfield; sister Sonyia Ward of Battle Creek, MI, sister and brother-in-law Shawna & Eduard Lapteanu of Columbus, former brother-in-law Jeff Duniver; niece Allison Duniver, nephew Aidan Duniver; his grandmothers Ruth Morrow of New London and Marjorie Ward of Butler; his mother-in-law Sharon Hall of Mansfield; his father-in-law Gary Earls of Middletown; and an uncle Randy Hall of Mansfield.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Kenneth Morrow and Wendell Ward.

The Ward family will receive friends Friday, December 4, 2009 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, and also on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. His funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Pastor Ken Kinley will officiate. Burial will follow in Bunkerhill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Jeromey K. Ward Memorial Fund for his sons’ education may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ward family, and condolences may be made to them by visiting: