1967 – 2014

RAYMOND — Mark Jonathan Ward, 46, of Oxford, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 29, in Raymond.

He was born in Lewiston on Dec. 12, 1967, a son of Erwin Ward and Susan (Wuori) Ward. He graduated from Oxford Hills High School in 1986. From there, he attended the University of Northern Maine at Presque Isle, where he earned a degree in wood harvesting. Mark spent a lot of his early work life driving a “big rig” across this beautiful country, many times with his son, Eli.

After he finished his career in driving, he went back to his real work love, logging. Mark continued to cut wood until an injury forced him into early retirement.

He was a friend to everyone and always had a beaming smile on his face.

In 2010, Mark married the love of his life, Michelle Reed, after having spent 15 years together. They built their home in Oxford.

Mark is survived by his wife, Michelle; his father, Erwin Ward, of Oxford; sons, Eli Ward and William Reed; daughters, Kelsey and Kaitlyn Reed; a grandson, Billy Reed; two brothers whom he loved very much, Michael Ward of Oxford and Scott Ward and his wife, Julie, also of Oxford; his grandmother, Aili Wuori; aunts and uncles; nieces, Mikeckney Ward and Lainey Ward; a nephew, Connor Ward; his mother-in-law, Maureen Simmons; and many more family and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Susan (Wuori) Ward.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.oxfordhillsfuneralservices.com.

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