Gene D. Ward, 81, of Lathrop, Missouri, passed away at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at the North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City, Missouri.

Gene D. Ward, 81, of Lathrop, Missouri, passed away at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at the North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City, Missouri.

Gene was the National Service Manager for Western Auto Supply Company from December 1960 until April 1992.

Gene is survived by his four children, Chad Ward of Lathrop, MO, Shane Ward of Independence, MO, Brett Ward of Parkville, MO, and Shari Nichols of Lathrop, MO; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Loretta; his two sisters; and his brother.

The visitation and services will be held in Indiana at Smith and Sons Funeral Home.

Gene has requested that preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association.

Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.