Ward B. Underwood

March 23, 2017

Ward B. Underwood, 92, of Kokomo, formerly of Frankfort passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo.

He was born on August 12, 1924 in Frankfort to Paul M. & Lela Merie (Ward) Underwood.  He married Betty J. Harshman on October 24, 1942 in Muncie and she preceded him in death on October 14, 2005.  He then married Glendora Danner on September 1, 2007 and she preceded him in death on June 15, 2013.

He is a 1942 graduate of Frankfort High School and worked for ALCOA in Lafayette, retiring in 1993 after serving there for 43 years.  Ward was a city councilman under Mayor Jim Brown and also served 2 terms under Mayor Mary Jane McMahon.  He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he had served as trustee.  His other memberships include Clinton Lodge #54 F&AM, Clinton Chapter #82 RAM, Frankfort Council #46 R&SM, Frankfort Commandery #29 KT, Clinton Chapter #6 OES, Scottish Rite Valley in Indianapolis, Shriner – Murat Temple in Indianapolis, Yorkrite College #133, Indiana RIORY #8 – Kentucky Chapter life member, Indiana Past Commanders – KT, Scottish Rite Club – Clinton County, Yeoman of York, Prefectory #3, Past Master Association of Tippecanoe County, ALCOA 25 year club, ALCOA Retiree club, Fraternal Order of Police #69, GWRRA Chapter K of Lafayette, American Motorcycle Association life member.

Ward’s family would like to thank the Waterford Place Legacy Staff, Guardian Angel Hospice, and Chapter “K”ruisers Club for their loving card and kindness.

Memorial donations may be made in Ward’s honor to the Trinity United Methodist Church with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Visitation and Services

Funeral services with Masonic rites will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2017 at Archer-Weston Funeral & Cremation Center in Frankfort.  Friends may visit from Noon until the time of service at the funeral home.  Grant Merrell will officiate.  Burial will follow in Bunnell Cemetery. 

Survived by:

Surviving are his Son:  Ward E. (Kathy) Underwood of South Bend;  Brother:  Paul E. (Betty) Underwood of Frankfort;  and Grandchildren:  Scott (Stephanie) Underwood and their children Jacob, Lucas, & Lauren of South Bend, Carrie Underwood of South Bend, Jennifer (Matt) Allison and their son Logan of Anderson, & Stephen (Katie) Underwood and their son Maddux of Crown Point.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister:  Lela Kathryn Underwood, a daughter:  Patricia Ann Underwood, his wife Betty of nearly 66 years and his second wife Glendora.


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5 Condolences for “Ward B. Underwood”

  1. Ron & Erilda Coleman March 26, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Dearest Wardie & Kathy & Famiky,
    Our deepest sympathy is extended to you & your family. Know Uncle Ward’s last year’s were not his best but he was with you. You were his pride & joy.
    As cousins have lots of fun & fond memories of reunions at the park & Izaak Walton with all our aunts and uncles. Don’t think your Dad realized what he was marrying into with all those 11 other Harshman’s & especially the baby (Betty Jean) of the family
    Prayers for comfort & peace. God Bless – Ron & Erilda – Foley, AL

  2. Ron and Mary Ann Stockberger March 27, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Our sympathy to all the Underwood family. Always enjoyed seeing Ward sitting backwards in his chair on the driveway, reading his paper when Kathryn and I walked by. Hugs to all.

  3. Kristy (Stockberger) Miller March 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Underwood Family,
    Thinking of you all during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all today and in the days ahead. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a TREASURE.”

  4. Kim wiles March 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    So sorry to hear about Ward . I had attended Trinity with him and Betty .your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Kim Leach Wiles.

  5. Joy (Williams) Dunham March 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    R.I.P. Ward. Thank you for being part of my childhood.

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