Eugene P. Ward, 58, died February 8, 2006 at his home in Antioch, California after losing his battle with cancer. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years. Gene is best known for his walk across America, touching and meeting many people. He was also a wilderness survival trainer, traveling across America giving seminars and clinics to Boy Scouts, youth groups, hunters and even military personnel. Gene created and produced survival DVDs and made and assembled personal survival kits marketed through various sporting goods stores and through his website. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Ruth (Cooper); his parents, Richard and Barbara Ward of Asotin, WA; brothers; Michael Ward (Micheline), Larry Ward (Linda), James Ward (Giselle) of WA; sister, Kathy Meek (Jerry) of WA; sons, Monte Syrie (Sherry), William Syrie (Susan) of WA; step-son, Scott Andre (Jennifer) of OH; step-daughter, Jessica Andre (Mark) of NC, also survived by 11 grandchildren. A private memorial service was held on February 18, 2006 in Seattle, WA.
Ward found his niche as a motivational speaker and survival
his 1984-85 Walk Across America.
Over the course of this 3,100 mile, 427 day solo trek, Gene
talked to thousands of people interested in learning how to survive
in the outdoors. From his home in the Bay Area of California,
operated Survival and Outdoor Safety a business dedicated to
survival in the outdoors in a simplified and straight forward
approach that dramatically and effectively improved anyone’s survival
chances regardless of their skill level. He realized that beginners
could survive just as easily as a trained professional guide if they
were prepared with a small survival kit. As Gene put it, "Being
prepared cannot be overstated to someone who is about to spend
an unexpected night in the wilderness."
Gene's mission is being carried on through his wife Ruth and a staff of highly-trained experts in the field.