Norman "Poppy" Ward, 82, a resident of rural Chula, Mo., died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo.

Norman was born the son of Frank and Edith (Dusenberry) Ward on Aug. 4, 1930, in Chula, Mo. He was united in marriage to Mary "Louise" Hickman-McCully in Chillicothe, Mo., on Dec. 28, 1978.

He spent most of his life in the Livingston County, Chula community.

Norman worked at Midland Brick and Tile and Churchill Truck Lines, and operated Chula Old Towne Convenience Store. He was a member of the Chula Community Christian Church. Norman enjoyed wood working and gardening, and spending time with all of his children.

Survivors include wife Mary "Louise" Ward, of the home; four sons, Larry Ward and wife Sherry of Chula, Mo., Randy Ward and wife Jolita of Chula, Mo., Mike McCully of Parkville, Mo., and Rick McCully and wife Carla of Chillicothe, Mo.; one sister, Dixie Fahaley of Independence, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one great grandson, Levi Webb.

Funeral services will be held at Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo., on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 10 a.m. A scheduled family visitation will be held at Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo., on Friday, March 29, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m.

Burial will be held at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Chillicothe, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chillicothe S.A.L.T Center, and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.