Life Story / Obituary
Ward M. Dobbin, age 98 of Macatawa, passed away Monday, January 31, 2022 at Freedom Village in Holland.
Born in Evanston, IL, Ward spent his early years in Nebraska before moving back to the Chicago area. In 1941 he started at University of Illinois; joined the Army Corps of Engineers in 1943, met a beautiful girl volunteering at the Lincoln Park Servicemen’s Center September 2, 1944 - and became engaged 48 days later! Two years later, Ward returned from service in Europe and the Philippines, immediately married Laura and they began their 63 years of life together. After graduation from U of I in 1947, they returned to Chicago where Ward went to work for the Ceco Corporation, a job that would last 37 years. Following his retirement in 1984, Ward & Laura moved to their cottage in Macatawa and for more than twenty five years enjoyed their summers in Macatawa and winters in Hawaii.
Ward was preceded in death by Laura in 2010. Family left behind will miss them both, but rejoice that they are now happily reunited.
Ward is survived by son Gregg (Janet) Dobbin of Gold Canyon, AZ, daughter, Pamela Los of Holland; grandchildren Carrie Dobbin (Mark Bourguignon) and great-grandchildren Sydney & Vivienne of Corte Madera, CA; Daniel Dobbin of Whitefish, Montana; Caitlin (Barrett) Randolph and great-grandchildren Adeliza, Liam & Saoirse of Holland; and Alexandra Los (Matthew McMullin) of Kailua-Kona, HI; sister-in-law; Marilou Dobbin of W. Lafayette, IN as well as nieces, nephews and dear friends across the country.
Also preceding Ward in death were his sister Barbara Campbell, brother James Dobbin, and son-in-law Joseph Los.
Ward’s family would like to thank the wonderfully caring staff at Freedom Village’s Point Iroquois and Kindred Hospice. No service is planned at this time, but a Celebration of a Life extraordinarily well-lived will take place at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made to Cure PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) or the charity of your choice.