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Obituary: Brian Michael Ward

April 16, 1972 – December 23, 2017

Brian Michael Ward, 45, passed away at home in Glenns Ferry, on Saturday December 23, 2017. He was a truly beloved husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and an amazingly talented musician. His kind-hearted, genuine, and generous spirit will be sorely missed. His smile and laugh could light up the world and was very contagious.

Brian was born in Longbranch, New Jersey, April 16, 1972, to Joan Ward Schumacher, who survived him in death. He is also survived by his wife, Melody Ward, his two sisters, Jessica Chapel (Edward) and Lachelle Statler (Joshua). He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Ward and grandfather, Wesley Ward.

At the early age of 13, Brian discovered his love of music and his undying devotion to his guitar. At a young age he knew he would spend his life pursuing his musical ambitions. Many hours were spent day and night perfecting his craft. Writing, producing and playing his music was his life’s passion.

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Brian toured many states across the country following his dreams and inspiring others. His guitar playing bordered on the insane giving him the nickname Brian ‘Psycho’ Ward. With his wireless Jackson guitar, he would leave the stage and give the admiring crowd an up close and personal experience, the kind that only Brian could deliver. Anyone who shared the stage with him became an instant friend. He had many loyal fans that he cared for very much.

While touring Idaho in 2008, Brian met his wife, Melody, in the small town of Bliss. They spent the next nine years together building a wonderful life and sharing many amazing experiences. Brian’s love and faith in God and family followed him wherever he went. The world has lost a true gift and he will be missed and deeply loved forever.

A celebration of Brian’s life will be held at a later date. Cremation was under the care of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel, in Mountain Home.

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