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Visitation:

Friday, July 26, 2013
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines

Service:

Saturday, July 27, 2013
10:00 am
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines

Disposition:

Burial
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Melrose, Iowa

Arrangements:

Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 285-3911

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Thomas "Tom" Ward

Thomas Ward, 51, of Des Moines, IA, passed away July 23, 2013, at Taylor Hospice House from multiple cancers.

Tom was born July 12, 1962, in Des Moines, to Leo and Rita Ward.

He graduated Lincoln High School in 1980, and went on to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in 1984. Tom worked at Amoco Motor Club and Yellow Freight Trucking Company, where when asked how he was doing that day, Tom would always reply, “Fine and dandy, like cotton candy.”

Tom was an avid fisherman, was a true rock n’ roll fan, attended more concerts than anyone can count, loved hanging back with his friends, enjoyed traveling, and Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday because it was just about being with family. He was a long-time member of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

He is survived by his father, Leo; brother, John (Susan) Ward; sisters, Cathy (Dave) Utterson, Carole George, Sarah (Jeff) Horn, and Amy (Michael) Blair. Tom is also survived by eight nephews, four nieces, and one great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rita, and his dogs, Gus and Regs.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and the funeral is Saturday, July 27, at 10:00 a.m., both at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Melrose, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at:
www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com