Randy Shane Ward
Birth Date: April 27, 1984Death Date: December 30, 2017
Randy “Shane” Ward, 33, passed away on December 30, 2017, after being struck by a vehicle in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Shane was born on April 27, 1984, to his mother, Stacy and his father Randy Ward. He was surrounded by family and friends who loved and adored him, but none more than his Nanny, Diane Rice. At age 3 he went to Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his mother, Stacy Wood, while she attended Oklahoma State University. Shane was the center of attention at OSU, whether it be while attending the OSU day care facility where they said he was so sweet and active, hanging out with his mother and her friends where he would entertain everyone, tagging along to his mom’s school club meetings where he would bring his little cars and always raise his hand and ask if it was time to get a cookie, or enjoying a weekly meal with his mom and Uncle Dirk at Mexico Joe’s where all of the wait staff loved his charming personality.
After his mom graduated OSU, she and Shane moved back to Tulsa so his mom could attend the University of Tulsa Law School. During this busy time, Shane attended Bixby Elementary School and spent countless hours with Nanny and Papa and his cousins, Tiffany and Tamara, and one of his best friends across the street, Lyndee Ann. Shane moved to midtown when his mom married his step-father Scott Wood. Shane spent a lot of time riding his bike and playing sports, his favorite thing was to be outside actively enjoying life. He also spent time hanging out with his step-sisters Whitney and Kirstie. In midtown Shane attended Lee Elementary, where he met one of his best friends, Greg Hambric, who he had so many great times with. Shane loved sports, he wrestled and played football and baseball. Upon graduating from Lee, Shane and Greg attended middle school at Monte Cassino, where Shane met Braxton Mundell and one of his lifelong best friends, Geoff Hale. They loved to ride BMX bikes, skate board, and play football and baseball. Shane carried those great memories with him through his life.
After graduating 8th grade at Monte Cassino, Shane attended Bishop Kelley High School, where in 9th grade he made the varsity baseball team as their pitcher. After high school, Shane attended Tulsa Junior College. Shane always loved physical activity much more than sitting at a desk. He realized at an early age that he was well suited for hard active work. He spent most of his adult life working for Rick Bartley Construction, building large steel buildings and structures. He quickly moved up the ranks and did a great job managing others at the job site.
Shane is survived by his beloved Heather, Adriana, and Ezra of Tulsa. He also leaves behind his mother and step-father Scott and Stacy Wood of Tulsa, and his father Randy Ward, of Glenpool; his sisters Whitney Johnson of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Kirstie Ward and Ella Wood of Tulsa, and his brother, Jesse Wood of Tulsa. Shane was preceded in death by his loving maternal grandmother, “Nanny” Diane Rice, who now has him with her in Heaven. He is survived by his maternal grandfather, Billy Rice of Tulsa, his maternal aunts and uncles, Greg and Tammi Rice of Colleyville, Texas; Dirk and Misty Rice, of Broken Arrow; his maternal first cousins, Tiffany Contreaus and Jairo of Tulsa, Tamara Walker and Mark of Shidler, and Zachary Rice and Kati Rice of Colleyville, Texas; his maternal great Aunt Kathy Wilkinson of Bixby, and maternal cousins, Todd, Beth, Dillon, McKenna, and Oden Cole of Bixby, and Deidre, John, Olivia and Audrey Robertson of The Woodlands, Texas.
He is also survived by his paternal grandparents Linda and Sam Henson of Georgia, and Bill and Paula Ward, of Kellyville. He also leaves behind his paternal aunts and uncle, Kim Ward, and Greg and JJ Ward, his paternal first cousins, Nicole Pugh, and Braden and Kennedy Ward. He also leaves behind his paternal great aunts, Donna Boles and Janie Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Donald and Virginia Wood of Miami, OK. He is survived by his cousins Donny, Rosa, Joe, Schuyler, Cheyenne and Bobby Wood of Oklahoma City. His cousin Tricia Wood of LA, California, the Steve and Jana McCormick family, of Miami, OK, and the Jay and Amanda Wood family of Portland, Oregon, as well as his great aunt Fran Wood of Miami, OK.
Shane is also survived by his paternal grandfather Rice’s family of Tulsa and Sapulpa, OK, as well as so many other friends and relatives who loved him so dearly. He will always be remembered by everyone for his complete unselfish kindness, his nurturing nature, his athletic ability, his charming smile and beautiful looks, his hard work ethic, and his loyalty.
Shane’s memorial service is handled by Floral Haven and will take place Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, located in downtown Tulsa. There will be a reception at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the 529 college educational fund established on behalf of his son, Ezra. Donations can be made at https://ok4saving.ebilling.com with Code: OKar8g. Checks can also be brought to the service or mailed directly to: Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan, PO Box 8193, Boston, MA 02266-8193. Please make checks payable to the “Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan” Account No. 1915091.