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Glen Ward

Small-scale live steamer Glen Ward died suddenly Jan. 17 from a massive stroke in Portland, Ore. He was 64.

Ward was introduced to live steaming by his childhood sweetheart, Vickie-Marie Parker, when they began courting again in the early 2000s. Starting small by learning to run one of Vickie-Marie’s Crickets in 2004, Ward worked his way up through a variety of steam locomotives, buying classics such as the LGB/Aster Frank S, eventually garnering a large group of toys, including an Accucraft GS-2 in Southern Pacific Daylight livery.

Vickie-Marie Parker and Glen Ward were married in 2004 in Hawaii and lived in their hometown, Ashland, Ore.

Ward was a 1964 graduate of Ashland High School, and attended Southern Oregon College, where he was a cheerleader. He was a businessman in Portland and Southern Oregon.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Ward was a NASCAR West driver and was a regular competitor at the Medford Raceway.

His love of transportation caused him to purchase a Segway personal transport vehicle and he was seen zooming around the National Summer Steamups on the device frequently.

Ward was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge and was past master of the Ashland Lodge and was a member of the Hawaiian Lodge, the Hillah Shrine and the Eagle Aerie.

He is survived by Vickie-Marie as well as his mother, two children, two step-children, a grandchild, nine step-grandchildren and, as Vickie-Marie says, “a large Hawaiian ohana” (extended family). A memorial was to be held Feb. 6 in Ashland.