Larry Michael

October 6, 1951 ~ July 14, 2022

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Larry Michael Ward, 70, of Owensboro passed away peacefully in his home in the presence of his family and friends. He was born October 6, 1951 in Owensboro to the late Harold Fabian and Edwina Cheshire Ward. Larry was a loving husband, father, brother, grandaddy (known as Gravy), uncle, cousin, and friend who never failed to show up for the people he loved. He graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School in 1970, where he played basketball and later coached his sons recreational and middle school teams. Larry married the love of his life, Terri Rae Pace, in 1974 and together they had four children. He later retired from Swedish Match after 28 years of service.

On December 2, 1987, Larry was given a second chance at life when he received a heart transplant. Blessed with 34 years as a transplant recipient he did not waste a minute of this beautiful gift and always lived life to the fullest, forever grateful for the family and donor for saying yes to organ and tissue donation. Larry enjoyed hosting horseshoes tournaments, watching Fox News, and attending every event for his grandkids. He loved basketball, playing cards, and the Kentucky Derby. Larry also enjoyed spending time at Windridge Country Club playing golf with friends.

Larry was a rock in his family following the untimely death of his youngest son, John Harold Ward. Along with his parents and son, he is also preceded in death by his father-in-law, John Patrick Pace, Sr., and mother-in-law, Donnabelle Chrisman Pace; his brother, Preston Scott Ward; his brothers-in-law, Joseph Paul Castlen, and John “Twiggy” Pace; and his nephew, Ryan Settles.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Terri Pace Ward; their daughters, Kelly (Chris) Wiseman and children, Pace and John Isaac; Kerry (Mike) Hamilton and children, Allison, Kailey, and Jacob; Ginny Bradford and daughter, Maggie Beth; and their son, Larry Michael, II (Robin) Ward and son, Larry Michael “Trey”, III. He is also survived by his siblings, Nancy Castlen, Jill Ward, Denny (Patty) Ward, and Sue (Tim) Theissen; his siblings-in-law, Pat (Marilyn) Pace, Chris (Laura) Pace, Sue (Stirman) Libs, and Carol (Marty) Settles. Additionally, Larry had many nieces and nephews, Candance (Nick) Brake and children Caroline and Nicholas; Chris (Stacy) Castlen and children Emily, Paige, and Maddie Joe; Ben (Lori) Ward and sons Jared and Justin; Meghan (Martin) Ho and children Spencer and Walden; Paul (Sheila) Ward; Stuart (Christine) Ward and daughter Everly; Leslie Ward and daughter Corrine; Oliver Theissen and son Logan; Ashley Theissen (Ben Hergert); Patrick Pace, Lori (Kyle) Johnson and daughters Kylie and Daisy; Stephen Pace; Lee (Missy) Deno and sons Preston and Joey; Casey (Meghan) Libs and son CJ; Jack Pace; Stuart Pace; Rebecca Libs; Tim Settles; Marty Settles and children Dawson and Evie; Nick (Cyndi) Settles and daughters Ava, Addie and Alex. He also is survived by his cousin, who was very dear to him, Billy Hamilton and closest friends, Tim Murphy and Larry O’ Brien.

Mass of a Christian Burial will be 12:00 pm on Monday, July 18, 2022 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with prayers being said at 6:00 pm, on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory and again on Monday, July 18, 2022 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the funeral home.
Special thanks to Norton’s Heart and Vascular Institute and the ultimate gratitude to Dr. Kelly McCants, Cardiologist, and Greg Bell, Transplant Coordinator, for all their hard work, love, and their “never quitting spirits”.

Expressions of Sympathy may take form of charitable donations made payable to Norton Healthcare Foundation, c/o Lynwood Butler Patient Assistance Fund, 234 E. Gray Street, Ste. 450, Louisville, KY 40202, to Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), 10301 Linn Station Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40223, and Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathens Crossing, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Ward. Leave your messages of condolence for the family of Larry Ward and sign his virtual guestbook at

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  1. It was an honor to have Larry as part of my family ( Clouse). Always available for any us, even our hard and difficult times with family members passing. He never wavered, although he had his own health….such a stand up man, will always be missed, forever remembered….

  2. Larry was a very special person; never judgmental, down to Earth and he loved his grandkids more than anything. He gave excellent advice and knew more about sports than anyone I have ever met. I have lots of fond memories of Larry and he will be greatly missed.

  3. I know more people in this family than I can count. Please know that my heart aches for all of you and the prayers of our family are with you in this time. Much love.

  4. Sending prayers to all the Ward family. Larry was always a nice and funny big brother of Sue’s when around the Ward family.
    Mary Ann and Steve Drexler

  5. My condolences. If this is the Larry Ward that I think it is, he worked for me at the library of Kentucky Wesleyan, as did his brother Scott. They were guys of the greatest character. My middle name is Ward and I always tried to prove that we were related. They were the best workers, always very polite, just great people. So sorry for your loss, Thomas Ward Humphrey, KWC 1968-1979

  6. We are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was my foreman at Pinkerton when I first hired in. He was a great guy. He was always laughing n teasing someone. I remember the fundraiser dance we had for him during his heart transplant. To see him showered with love from his family and friends was a gift in itself. He lived life to the fullest. Such a great guy, he loved his family and was always proud to tell you about them. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. May he rest high on that mountain.

  7. I worked with Larry Ward at Swedish Match for many years before I retired. He was always focused on details and prompt in providing service in the Purchasing Dept.
    Larry accomplished these with his typical good dose of humor, and was a pleasure to work with.
    My thoughts and prayers to his family in this time of sadness.
    Ed Walls

  8. To the entire Ward family & friends. Larry was a very special person! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lee Ann Coleman

  9. Love Love Love the Ward family.
    Larry was just like family to me. I know he leaves a big hole in your hearts, as he loved all of you so much. You are in our prayers. Bonnie & David Bivins

  10. I have known Larry for over 40 years; stand up guy no doubt. Larry always had a smile on his face and it is heartbreaking to see his time end here. But no doubt he is delighted to see John Harold, Edwina and Harold and many others who passed before him.

    Larry was special because he made ME feel special. I am certain he did that for many. I didn’t think I would tear up over his passing, but here I am in a puddle thinking about him.

    I don’t think that life should be judged by longevity but by what you made of it … how you responded to the tribulations along the way. Certainly Larry is a guide for all.

    God Bless you,

    Becky Hayden Sowders

  11. I only knew Larry for a short time. Actually, just the weekend of Paul’s and Sheila’s wedding, yet I lost a friend. He was a true Gentleman. God bless

  12. Ward Family: It was a pleasure working with Larry. Larry always had a smile and his humor would make your day brighter. I know you will miss him. May God comfort you in your loss. He was blessing and inspiration to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Dan and Shawna Truman

  13. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. A donation to KODA was sent on behalf of The George Pace family.

  14. Kelly and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We know he was such a light in all your lives and will be missed greatly. Love and prayers to all of you ——The Lindseys

  15. Larry was one of the nicest guys I ever knew and a great card player as well. So sorry for your loss.

  16. Dear Terri and Family: Please accept our sympathy for your loss. Larry was such an enjoyable person. We are unable to attend visitation or the funeral. Lucy, Tom & Lucy Gip Neal

  17. Hey Kerry and family,

    We are sure sorry to hear about the passing of your dad, he will truly be missed by many. Cherish those memories during this time. We will be praying for you guys and thinking about all the family during this difficult time.

    Martin, Tiffany and Jerome Pruden

  18. Friends since our twenties, it is hard to let go. Terri, and family we are saddened by this news. Larry was one of a kind, such a blessing to all who knew him. He made the world a better place and like his parents he was truly genuine.

    May the Good Lord wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace.

  19. Dear Ward Family,
    Larry and I were best friends for many years. We basically grew up together. After college, life took us in different directions but I have never forgotten what a great friend I had with Larry Ward. Tina and I had many double dates with Larry and Terri and we always had great times together. RIP my friend!
    Dean & Tina Jones

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