Family remembers Craig man and son
Craig man remembered by loved ones
James Ward was a father to three sons, a passionate welder, a friend to all who knew him and much more.
“He was the type of guy you could call at two o’clock in the morning and you knew he was going to come help you out,” said his older brother, Robert Ward.
On Friday afternoon, James Ward was driving on Moffat County Road 7 with two of his boys when his 1991 Dodge pickup rolled over.
James Ward, 32, and his 10-year-old son Tucker Ward were killed in the crash. They were not wearing safety belts. Hayden Ward, 8, was wearing his safety belt and was transported to The Memorial Hospital. He was expected to be released Tuesday.
Hayden and Tucker Ward have a mother in Denver, but James Ward had custody of the two boys. Hayden will stay with family in Craig. Bentley Ward, the youngest of the three who was not in the accident, will be looked after by his mother, Jamie Hume, who lives in Craig. The Ward family also will help with Bentley Ward.
Robert Ward said his nephew Tucker Ward was an outgoing young man with a smile that could fill a room, similar to his father.
“Definitely built in his father’s image,” he said.
Tucker Ward was a wrestler and brilliant Broncos fan.
“He could tell you the stats of everybody,” Robert Ward said. “He just knew all about the Broncos.”
James, a single father, shared everything he did with his boys, Robert said.
“Anytime he went anywhere he had his boys with him” he said. “They were attached to his hip.”
From welding to camping, James Ward shared his passions with his boys, and his dedication to fatherhood inspired many along the way.
“He figured stuff out,” Robert Ward said. “When a lot of other people would have given up — he figured it out.”
Andrea Lay, James Ward’s close friend, said through his dedication to God and family, he has touched many lives, including hers.
“He always wanted to make other people happy,” she said.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Rocky Mountain Baptist Church in Rifle, 4199 W. Centennial Parkway.
James and Tucker Ward are survived by Hayden and Bentley Ward, James’ Mother Robin (Ward) Gray and father Charles Ward and three siblings Robert Ward, Cody Ward and sister Renee Ward and many more extended family members.
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