Church services were held on Dec. 2 for Bruce Cogswell Ward, 83, of Strathmore at St. John's Episcopal Church in Porterville with burial in Frazier Valley Cemetery in Strathmore. He died on Nov. 28.
He was born on July 11, 1920 in Porterville. He married Norma Underhill on Nov. 13, 1943 in Porterville.
He is a graduate of Strathmore Union High School in 1938. He attended Porterville Junior College for a short time and he worked for Commercial Tire Service. He joined the United States Air Force and earned his pilots wings in November 1943. He flew fighter planes and bomber escorts, flying first P-38s and then P-51 Mustangs. He retired as a major in November 1947. In his civilian life he was an insurance agent for Cal-Farm Insurance and at the same time was a citrus rancher in Strathmore. He retired from insurance in 1987. At that time he and his wife traveled through out the United States and into Canada.
He was a member of the 8th Air Force Heritage Society, P-38 Association, The 8th Air Force Historic Museum. He enjoyed sailing, crossword puzzles, skiing and being a handyman. He loved his cats and dogs.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and Christian. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church for 25 years.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Ward of Strathmore; two daughters, Edithe E. "Edye" Ward of Fresno and Gail Ward-Wrigler of Millvalley, Calif.; sister, Kathrine Vandervote of Whittier, Calif.; four granddaughters.
Arrangements were under the direction of Webb-Sanders Funeral Home, Lindsay.