Zachary James Ward

Zachary James Ward, 39, of Whitestown, Ind., passed away September 7, 2023 in his home.  He was born on July 11, 1984 at Home Hospital in Lafayette to the late John D. Ward and Carol J. (Hankins) Brown.

Zach was a 2003 graduate of Western Boone High School.  He served in the United States Army from 2004 – 2009 as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne.  He was deployed to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and also served one tour of duty in Iraq.  He attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC, Ivy Tech in Indianapolis, as well as Mechanical Skills Inc., a plumbing school in Indianapolis.  He previously worked for UPS, Wrights Hardware in Colfax, and Zionsville Community Schools.

He was a member of Colfax Christian Church.  He enjoyed board games and anything involving computers.  He loved dogs, especially shelties.

Surviving are his Grandmother: Delores Hankins of Frankfort, Mother: Carol (Michael) Brown of Michigantown, Brother: Chris Ward of Portsmith, England, Sister: Jillian (Mark) Dunbar of Colfax, and Nieces: Amara, Brinleigh, and Sawyer Dunbar of Colfax.  He was preceded in death by his father: John Ward, grandfather: James Hankins, grandparents: James and Ivy Ward, along with aunts: Connie Decker and Amy Timmons.

In accordance with Zach’s wishes, no services will be held.  Private Family Burial will take place in Plainview Cemetery, Colfax.  Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort is honored to assist the Ward family.  Zach struggled with PTSD for many years and the family wishes memorial donations to be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or in Zach’s honor.  Please visit, where you may share a message with the family.