Enid oil and gas mogul Lew Ward dies at 85

 

 ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma entrepreneur and Enid oil and gas mogul Lew Ward died Sunday, March 20, 2016. He was 85.

Services for Ward will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016, at First United Methodist Church, 401 W. Randolph.

Ward graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in petroleum engineering in 1953.

Afterward, he served during with the Army during the Korean War, stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

In 1956, he returned to Enid and formed Ward-Gungoll Oil with his father-in-law. Then came Ward Petroleum.

In 1963, he founded Ward Petroleum Corp.in Enid.

The business expanded in 2008 and has drilled more than 900 wells in the Anadarko and Arkoma Basin. It operates 201 oil and gas properties in Oklahoma and 7 in Colorado.

Ward was Enid Citizen of the Year in 2006 and Enid Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year in 1998. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2010.

Ward was past-president of Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce.

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