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Verble Loraine Ward, 87, of Lebanon, died Monday, Nov 28, 2022, in his home near Lebanon.

He was born Aug. 5, 1935, near Hartville, Mo. to Bland and Maxine Ward.

Verble was united in marriage to Irene Maxine Curton and to this union three daughters and four sons were born.

Verble was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jimmy Ward; a brother, Lester Ward; three sisters, Geneva Knapp, Norma Rogers, and Dottie Barker; and two grandchildren.

He was raised in Wright and Laclede counties and then made his home near Lebanon, where he and Irene raised their family. Verble was a longtime employee of Independent Stave Company, now Missouri Cooperage. He enjoyed cutting wood and mowing the yard. He was honest, hardworking and especially liked being outdoors.

Survivors include his wife Irene of the home; three daughters, Wilma Ward, Betty Lamar and her husband Donnie, and Patricia Neff and her husband John, all of Lebanon; three sons,Larry Ward and his wife Amanda of Camdenton; Mike Ward, Billy Ward and his significant other, Shelby Farris, all of Lebanon; 15 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack Ward and his wife Carolyn of Phillipsburg; two sisters, Virginia Devore of Lebanon and Mary May Rogers of Buffalo; a number of nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other relatives.

Funeral services for Verble Loraine Ward will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Lebanon. Burial will be held in New Home Cemetery in Wright County under the care and direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. For more information or to view or sign the online memorial visit