Hasroe Ward, 84, of 502 Normandy Drive, St. Marys, died at 1:58 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Saint Marys.
He was born on Nov. 26, 1927, in Floyd County, Ky., the son of Joe and Martha “Patsy” (Thornsberry) Ward, and they preceded him in death.
On Oct. 31, 1981, he married Phyllis J. Steinke, and she survives at the residence.
He is also survived by his three daughters, Vongia (Michael) Kaskel of Delphos, Patricia (Jerry) Steinke of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Marylin Sue (Jeff) Shrider of Mendon; his stepchildren, Mike (Fran) Ray of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Dennis (Lynne) Ray of Celina, Jim (Dede) Ray of New Knoxville and Neal Ray of St. Marys; his grandchildren, Brian (Jill) Morgan, Jody (Alison) Poff, Kevin (Scarlet) Kaskel, Aaron (Danielle) Shrider, Kelly (Adam) Binning, Eric Shrider, Derek Ray, Deanna Ray, Alex Ray, Bill Ray, Jack Ray, Ashley Ray, Jacob Ray, Bethany Ray and Shawn (Lisa) Steinke; his great-grandchildren, Cayla Morgan, Kenzie Morgan, Tanner Rutchling, Morgan Poff, Brandi Kaskel, Jacqueline Kaskel, Jordan Kaskel and Malia Binning; two sisters, Virginia Bates of Columbus and Osie Shaw of Birmingham, Ala.; a brother, Brownlow Ward of Floyd County, Ky.; his hunting buddy, John Ball of St. Marys; his music partner, Jim Slone of St. Marys; a longtime friend, Jan Dysert of St. Marys.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Will Ward, Andy Ward, Perry Ward and Daniel Ward; four sisters, Lillie Little, Lizzie Thompson, Sarah Ellen Ward and Christine Ward; two stepsons, Jeff Ray and Bill Ray.
Hasroe retired after 37.5 years of service at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in St. Marys. He was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. He was a member of the NRA and the North American Hunting Club. He loved to squirrel hunt.
Hasroe was a renowned musician, getting his start in Kentucky as a youth. He had perfect singing pitch and could play any stringed instrument, especially the banjo.
In 1946, Hasroe was recorded in Kentucky by folklorist Margot Mayo, playing traditional old time music, banjo tunes and folk songs for the Archive of Folk Songs for the Library of Congress.
Funeral rites will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St., St. Marys, with the Rev. Bob Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where memorial gifts may be given to Grand Lake Hospice or to the Auglaize County Cancer Unit.
Condolences may be sent to the family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.