Major Norman Ward Obituary
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Ret. Major Norman E. (Cali) Ward

November 2, 1921 - November 15, 2013
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Retired Major Norman Edmond (Cali) Ward USMC age 92 passed away peacefully on November 15, 2013. He was born November 1921 at the Rice maternity Home in Glendale California. He is the son of Robert Norman Ward and Margueret Timms Ward. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 52 years Jeanette Ward, his stepmother Elizabeth Ward, and his brother Robert (Bob) Timms Ward. He was also preceded in death by Betty Bowman whom he met and loved for years after Jeanette's death. They enjoyed life together for years before he lost Betty in 2006. He is also preceded in death by his two lifelong friends Arbrey Jones and Cabe...
Retired Major Norman Edmond (Cali) Ward USMC age 92 passed away peacefully on November 15, 2013. He was born November 1921 at the Rice maternity Home in Glendale California. He is the son of Robert Norman Ward and Margueret Timms Ward. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 52 years Jeanette Ward, his stepmother Elizabeth Ward, and his brother Robert (Bob) Timms Ward. He was also preceded in death by Betty Bowman whom he met and loved for years after Jeanette's death. They enjoyed life together for years before he lost Betty in 2006. He is also preceded in death by his two lifelong friends Arbrey Jones and Cabe Bratton. The threesome hunted and fished together and shared a lifetime of fun and laughter for over 40 years.

Norman is survived by his sister Tibbie McGrath and her husband Joe, his three children Clipper Ward and wife Debbie, Jana Ward Rinehart and husband Danny, Casey Ward and wife Sonia. He is also survived by his grandchildren Brandon and wife Amy and their son Jackson Tyler, Megan and Ashton Weerts, Kirbie Ward, and Travis Ward and fiancé Juillet. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Norman also loved dearly Betty's children Mark and Charlene Bowman, Jan Bowman and partner Angela Fiorelli. His many friends that survived him are too numerous to mention. He had many whom he loved dearly and loved him back the same.
During WWII, Norman was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, Amphibious Tractors. He was on the first waves of battle at Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. On Tarawa, after landing assault troops from his amphibian tractor, commanding a platoon of tractors, returned to the edge of the coral reef with his crew and noticed that the advance of troops wading ashore was stopped by concentrated enemy fire from three sides. Norman and his men with complete disregard for their own safety drove their vehicle between the gunfire and the troops. Using the tractor for a shield and manning the tractor-mounted machineguns to return fire, they were successful in guiding the troops ashore. Norman provided overhead fire for the advancing troops until the tractor was demolished. Norman received the presidential unit citation, a Purple Heart, and awarded the Silver Star by Admiral Nimitz. He also received the Navy Commendation medal for the battle on Saipan.

In May 1945 after 37 months and 12 days Norman was sent home. His war was over. He was immensely proud to be a Marine. He remained in the reserves and retired from the Marine Corp in 1964 attaining the rank of Major. He married Jeanette Bond while on leave on December 21, 1944. They moved to Hedwig Village in 1954 where they raised their three children. Norman loved Hedwig Village. He was already there when talk about incorporating into a city began. He was on the zoning committee for many years. He was the owner of Texas Tiling Service for many years until he retired in 1984.

Norman was an active member of the Reagan Masonic Lodge #1037 since 1947, an active member of the Knights Templar Ruthven Commandry #2 since 1949 and a lifelong Shriner. He loved to hunt and fish and loved auto racing with a passion. He was crazy for the Houston Oilers and furious with Bud Adams when he moved the team to Tennessee. He was also a Houston Texans fan. But most of all, he was our Dad. He was a great father who loved his kids and we will miss him terribly.
The family would like to give special thanks to the hard working members of Davita Memorial Dialysis Center at 11621 Katy Fwy, Houston, Texas who treated him so kindly. The family would also like to thank Houston Hospice for their love and devotion for making Norman comfortable in his last days.
Graveside service will be Saturday November 23, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Wounded Warrior Project or Houston Hospice.

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"Deer camp with Cali, Casey, Clipper, and of course Cabe and Arbrey ... good times and good memories. Cali was special. We are better for knowing him, and..." Tim Goles (Boerne, TX)

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