David Ward


David Allen Ward, age 75, died Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Edenbrook of Rochester.

David was born on July 19, 1946 in Goodhue County, MN to Arnold and Irene (Shanks) Ward. He graduated from Byron High School in 1964. He enlisted in the USMC in 1964 and did two tours in Vietnam. He retired from Mayo Civic Center as a stagehand in 2009. After retirement he was a stay-at-home dad.

David married Amy Schoenwetter and had a son, Ben Ward. They later divorced. David and his life partner, Cindy Kretchmer of 38 years had 3 daughters, Gaby, Abby and Rachel.

In David’s retirement he enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, watching wrestling, watching the Twins and Vikings, taking long walks through the downtown bike paths, and enjoying the company of his cats, Pancake, Leia and Dakota.

David is survived by his significant other, Cindy Kretchmer; son, Benjamin Ward of Rosanky, TX; daughters, Gabrielle (Taylor) Witt of New Praque, MN, Abigail Kretchmer of Mankato, MN, Rachel Kretchmer of Rochester, MN; siblings, Vicki Jordan of Rochester, MN, Arnold Ward of Rochester, MN, Ruth Schnieder of Rochester, MN, and John Ward of Yuma, AZ.

David is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Esther, Joyce and Ron.

No service is planned at this time.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of David may be shared at rochestercremationservicesmn.com

4 thoughts on “David Ward

  1. David Ward Family,

    I am deeply saddened having learned of David’s passing. I had the honor to work with David at the Mayo Civic Center and he was the ultimate professional in everything that he did. David was so kind and respectful of everyone that he came into contact with.

    David was also so very proud of his family and loved his family to no end. He talked so proudly of his children and expressed his love and admiration of Cindy and his family.

    In short, David will always be considered in my mind as being “one of the good ones”. Rest In Peace David having known that you have done a job well done.


    David Silker

  2. So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a gentle soul. He had personal challenges, but always did his best. For many years, I worked with Dave at the Civic Center, and always appreciated his sincerity. Wishing all those who loved him God’s warm embrace. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  3. Cindy and Family, I’m so sorry to hear about David. I’d see him out walking when I was in town. And also a great neighbor. My deepest Sympathy to you all. Rest In Peace David

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