Ward W. Ciriacks, 78

Ward W. Ciriacks, 78, of West Bend, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

He was born March 9, 1940, in Milwaukee. Ward graduated from West Bend High School in 1957. On Aug. 18, 1962, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Hebard at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in West Bend, where they continued their membership today.

Ward was a hardworking man and was known for his strong work ethic. He worked in the construction industry his whole life and owned and operated Ciriacks Construction Inc. as a general contractor. Ward was a sales rep for Berg Barn Equipment out of Marshfield, taking pride in installing their products. He found time to manage the family farm, including cash cropping, dairy animals and routine farm life. Ward loved gardening and the outdoors. He appreciated good conversation with whomever he encountered. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Those Ward leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Charlotte Ciriacks; 14 children, Nolan (Jenni) Ciriacks, Lowell Ciriacks, Renee Ritger, Neal (Ann) Ciriacks, Shawn (Carmen) Ciriacks, Cara Ciriacks, Regan (Rebecca) Ciriacks, Heather Dahm, Shari Wieglein, Regina (Chad) DeSmidt, Erik (Amy) Ciriacks, Gwen Ciriacks, Ryan Ciriacks and Jed (Becky) Ciriacks; 28 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Janice Kempf; a brother- in-law, Gary (Jill) Hebard; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ward is preceded in death by his mother, Celia Ciriacks; father- and mother-in-law, Francis and Hilda Hebard; a son-in-law, Francis Ritger; and a grandson, Austin Busse.

A funeral service in remembrance of Ward will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend. Burial will follow at Newark Cemetery.

The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Wardís arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at