Rev. Ward Obituary

Rev. L. Hume Ward
Rev. L. Hume Ward
Rev. L. Hume Ward

September 22, 1922 - January 16, 2010
Born in Peoria, Illinois
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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You're invited to a celebration of the life of The Reverend L. Hume Ward, of Windsor Heights, who crossed over on Saturday, January 16th at the age of 87. Services will be held on Saturday, January 23, at 1:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines.

Born on September 22, 1922 in Peoria, IL, Hume received his B.A. from Huron College, Huron, S.D. in 1944, and his Master of Divinity from McCormick Seminary in Chicago, in 1947. Ordained the same year, he served churches in Stanley, N.D. and Miller and Mitchell, S.D., before being called to his "little gem", Windsor Presbyterian, in Des Moines, where he served for 30 years, and was subsequently named Pastor Emeritus.

At Hume's 25th anniversary surprise party at Windsor, his congregation gifted him with a beautiful new Chevy, and a hilarious "roast", and five years later he received a handsome Lassale wristwatch. Hume ministered as a life-style, 24 hours/day to everyone he met, and spent many nights of his summer vacations fondly writing postcards to every family in the congregation.

Hume received many compliments on his sermons, a reflection of the fact that he spent about an hour of preparation time for every minute of delivery. Hume felt it was important to include at least one joke and several stories in every message, and to always finish on time, even if it meant slicing the sermon down.

Popular with youth groups, he led many joyful youth camps and bus excursions to surrounding states, including a trip to the Passion Play in Missouri, and trips to Chicago, St. Louis, and the Black Hills.

Active in the community, Hume served as Chaplain in the Windsor Heights Fire Department, as well as the Army National Guard and Reserve for 23 years, retiring with the rank of Major.

An enthusiastic traveler, Hume enjoyed cruising and touring, and visited 55 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Hume is survived by his wife, Alice, daughters, Lin and Laura, brother and sister-in-law, Wynn and Katelynn Ward, of St. Peters, Missouri. We are so very grateful for all the love, joy, and compassion he showered on us so generously.

Memorial contributions may be made to Windsor Presbyterian Church or Westminster Presbyterian Church.





Celebration of Life
Westminster Presbyterian Church
4114 Allison Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Saturday, January 23, 2010
1:00 PM