Michael E. Ward Jr.

SPRINGHILL, Fla. – Michael E. Ward Jr., 28, of Springhill, Fla., formerly of Iron Mountain, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born Sept. 4, 1985, in Hampton, Va., son of Michael E. Ward, Sr. and Renee (Oberlin) Nokes. At the age of three, Michael along with his family, moved to Iron Mountain and he resided there until age 14 when he moved to Florida to live with his father. Michael received his diploma in Plantation, Fla. He attended Tampa College where he was working on receiving his certificate to become a firefighter. Michael had a love for music and worked as a DJ in Florida and Georgia. He enjoyed snowboarding, the beach, football, the outdoors and was a big fan of the Florida Gators. Michael’s positive attitude helped many friends through difficult times. His family and friends meant everything to him.

Michael is survived by his loving parents, Michael Ward Sr., Springhill, Fla.; his mother, Renee (Pat) Nokes, Iron Mountain; his brothers and sisters, Christopher Wesley Ward, Iron Mountain, Danielle Renee Ward, Kingsford, Jordan Ward, Springhill and Shayla Ward, Luxemberg, Wis.; two nephews, Blake A. and Brock C. Flaminio; maternal grandparents, Dave L. and Patricia K. Oberlin, Escanaba; paternal grandmother, Sabra Ward, Springhill; a very special aunt, Michelle Fiore, Escanaba; his best friend, Billy Lee, Omaha, Ga.; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William A. Ward Sr.; two cousins, James Arthur Oberlin and Aubrey Joy Oberlin.

Visitation will be Monday, April 21, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Jim Danielson will officiate.

Burial will be in Republic Township Cemetery in the spring.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Michael or leave a condolence for his family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Michael’s legacy of life.