He was born July 18, 1932, in Trenton, Missouri, the third son of Jesse Paul and Marguerite Mann Ward.
He graduated from Trenton High School in May 1950. He attended Trenton Junior College for one year and graduated from the Linotype School, which was part of the Journalism School at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
Robert married Wilberta Mae Deegan on January 31, 1954. To this union two children were born. He worked at the Trenton Republican-Times and The St. Joseph New Press & Gazette, retiring in 1998 as Night Production Superintendent. Following retirement Willie and Bob traveled to nearly every state in the Union.
Bob served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion. He held every office and since 1971 has been Secretary-Treasurer of St. Joseph Typographical Union No. 40.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilberta; his parents; one sister, Margaret; and a brother, Jesse Paul Ward Jr.
Survivors: daughters, Leisa Gayle Merritt, Juanita Boles; son, Richard Stephen Ward and daughter -in-law, Holli, Clemmons , North Carolina; grandchildren, Matt, Bob, Andrew, Rachel, and Meredith; three great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; sister, Ada Branham, Buena Vista, Virginia; brother, William Dale Ward, Sullivan, Illinois; companion, Louise Muse; friend, Karen Young; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Inurnment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be made to the Rolling Hills Library to purchase CD's or VHS tapes of different travels, especially in the United States and including other countries.