Longtime Siskiyou County resident James Thomas Ward passed away on April 15, 2012 at Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka. He was 63 years old.

Jim was born on October 28, 1948 in San Diego, California to Roy and Iva Ward. He attended school in the San Diego area, and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

When he returned from the service, he worked for the US Postal Service and was the post master in Dunsmuir for many years.

Jim had been a Masonic Lodge member. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved animals.

Jim is survived by his wife, Julie of Montague; a daughter, Melissa Williams of San Antonio, Texas; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Ward Jr.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Dunsmuir City Park.

Online condolences may be made at www.girdnerfuneralchapel.com.

Girdner Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.