Ward T. “Ze” Zeno, 70, of Bark River, passed away Wednesday evening, July 26, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born July 21, 1947, in Milwaukee, WI, son of Clarence and Lucille (Nelson) Zeno. He was raised in Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1965.
Ward served in the U.S. Army from 1965 until his honorable discharge in 1967. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Expert Badge.
Ward attended Bay College and graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor degree in mathematics and chemistry in 1972.
On September 6, 1969, he married Donna Bittner. She preceded him in death on August 12, 1992. On September 11, 1993, he married Jill Constantineau in Escanaba.
Ward was a chemist for Baxter International and worked for Harnischfeger until its closure. He then worked at Mead Paper until his retirement in 2006.
He loved to golf, hunt, and spend time at his camp. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers. For over a decade, Ward spent every “Wings Wednesday” with his buddies, along with their fathers, even including the Wednesday of his passing.
He was a member of the Highland Golf Course, UP Whitetails, and was a fire chief for Harris Twp. Fire Department for many years.
In addition to his wife, Jill, he is survived by his children, Jodi (Jesse) Greenfield of Bark River, Jessica (Brad) Mason of Negaunee, Sarah (Brad) Nault of Escanaba and Ward (Tiffany) Zeno of Kingsport, TN; stepchildren, Katherine (Scott) Schrandt of Minnesota and Laura (Adam) Rausch of Kansas; grandchildren, Justin, Jacob and Josie Greenfield, Carter, Jordon and Lexi Mason, and Julia and Alana Nault; step grandchildren, Levi and Anna Schrandt and Owen and Isaac Rausch; sister, Loreene (David) Koskey of Marquette; sisters in law, Laurel (Darryl) Starnes and Linda McInerney; father and mother in law, Gil and Lois Bittner; special aunt, Marian Nye; many nieces, nephews and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Donna.
Ward requested a celebration of his life at one of his favorite places to spend his time, the Highland Golf Club. Please join family and friends on Sunday, July 30th from 2 – 6 p.m. and spend time relaxing, reminiscing and celebrating life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Highland Golf Club or OSF Hospice.
A special thank you to OSF Hospice for the wonderful care provided to Ward.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Zeno family.