John D. Ard, Jr., 73, of Morehead City, formerly of Baker, LA passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 22, 2021 at his home.
John was born January 19, 1948 in Dallas, Texas and had a long career in military and public service.
John served in the US Air Force as an aircraft mechanic during the Vietnam war. He was stationed in Japan, Thailand, and the Republic of Korea where he was honorably discharged to return home with his wife and raise their two children in Baker, LA.
Upon his return, he worked at Exxon as a process operator. At age 30, he became an anti-tank gunner in the US Marine Corp Reserve to “show them what an old man can do.”
John continued his work in public service at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff, road deputy, firearms instructor, and Lieutenant at retirement.
John was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast, knowledgeable gunsmith, and enjoyed taking photographs of his loved ones. Every year he volunteered with the Special Olympics. He loved spending time with his family, conversations, pranks, and had an infectious sense of humor.
John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret of Morehead City, NC; two sons, John “Eddy” (Anna) of Walton Beach, FL; Scott (Jennifer) of Morehead City, NC; six grandchildren: Abigail, Austen, Rebecca, Charlotte, Grant, William; and brother, Mike Wilson (Linda) of Euless, Texas. He is predeceased by his parents, John D. Ard and Faye Wilson; stepmother Billie Ard; brother, Wesley Ard and sister, Darlene Stuty.
A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Noe-Brooks Funeral Home with Military Honors. The memorial service will be livestreamed to the Noe-Brooks Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org/donate.
Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.noebrooks.net
Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC.
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