Ward C. Moyer, 94, of Cooperstown, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving wife, Jane, on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. He was born Feb. 7, 1916, in Fort Plain, the son of Chauncey L. Moyer and Cora Ward Moyer.
After graduating from Fort Plain High School, where he was a member of the championship basketball team, he obtained his B.S. degree in Education and Physical Education from Springfield College, Springfield, Mass. He later obtained his M.S. degree in Education from the State University of New York, Albany, and completed advanced studies at the State University of New York, Oneonta, and Columbia University, New York City.
He began his teaching career at Forestport Central School, Forestport, where he met his future wife, Jane Murphy. They were married in Gloversville on June 27, 1943.
Ward served in the United States Navy from January 1942 until October 1945, with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
After leaving the service, they relocated to Worcester, where Ward taught physical education and coached several sports at Worcester Central School. The majority of Ward’s teaching career was at Cooperstown Central School, from 1947 until his retirement in 1972. In addition to his subject areas of science and driver education, he coached the high school baseball and bowling teams for many years, as well as American Legion baseball.
An avid and accomplished bowler himself, he was recognized by the Oneonta Bowling Association for his work with youth. He was a former member of the American Legion and the Mohican Club.
He will be dearly missed by Jane, his wife of 66 years. He is survived by three sons: James, Mentor, Ohio, David and wife Marcia, Terrace Park, Ohio, and Thomas and wife Marlene, LaGrangeville; two daughters, Susan Fain and husband Mark, San Diego, Calif., and Kathleen Anderson and husband Mark, West Palm Beach, Fla. Ward is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Laura Moyer Joliff, Paul Moyer, Sean Fain, Kevin Fain, Eric Moyer, Joel Moyer, Samantha Moyer, Danielle Moyer, Molly Anderson and Maggie Anderson; plus his niece, Janet Chandler; and five great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his sister, Irene Chandler; and his brother-in-law, the Rev. Martin Murphy MM, a Maryknoll priest.
A funeral service was held at Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, at 11 a.m. Monday, May 10, 2010; friends called at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
A private service was held at the Moyer gravesite in Fort Plain Cemetery, followed by a gathering of family and close friends at home.
The family wishes to thank all those who have recently cared for and comforted Ward, especially Dr. Douglas DeLong of Bassett Healthcare, Susanne and Laura of Catskill Area Hospice and caregiver, Debra.
Contributions in Ward’s memory can be made to the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  May 13, 2010