May 12, 1932 - Aug. 28, 2013
Stephen became one of God's angels Aug. 28, after a brief illness at the age of 81. He died peacefully in his sleep.
He graduated from Vallejo High School. After high school, he attended Vallejo Jr. College to become a Installer/Repairman for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph. He retired after 39 years of service.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant during the Korean War and was honorably discharged.
Stephen loved his dogs.
After retirement, he turned to his dogs to keep him busy. He started showing dogs in conformation and obedience, but eventually found his niche in Rally (Fun Obedience). He had many dogs in his lifetime that he loved, but one dog touched his heart the most, Bailey. Stephen was a lifetime member of the MENSONA Kennel Club and a cherished member of the Napa Valley Dog Training Club, where he made many genuine friends. Stephen had a very strong will to live, never complained. He maintained an active lifestyle until the end, and never lost his sense of humor.
He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Dyane Ward; daughter, Barbara Ward, and grandchildren, Melissa Quattrone, Joshua and Ethan Ward. He was an exceptionally kind man, loving father and grandfather.
Stephen will be forever loved, cherished and deeply missed by all his family and friends.
A memorial service will be on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m., at Colonial Chapels, 1000 Redwood St., Vallejo (707) 643-0391, followed by the burial service at 1 p.m., at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon (707) 693-2479. There will be a visitation time Monday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Chapels.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory be made to the Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue, P.O. Box 1394, Dixon, CA, 95620. Stephen would have loved that.
A celebration of Stephen's life will be held on Sept. 14, please R.S.V.P. by Sept. 12, if you are planning on coming. The phone number is (707) 561-1076.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on September 4, 2013