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September 23, 2012

Jack of all trades and king of many

Tim Ward engages in a variety of activities

— The continuous rebuilding of things —  from computer equipment to the lives of four-legged creatures — has transplanted a local self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles to the quiet of Muskogee.

Although some can make the claim to being a prince of profession, Tim Ward has the extended experience to validate the title. For instance, the time when, during a bicycle ride across the Oregon/California border, he stopped and assisted with fighting a wildfire for a couple of days.

Ward developed his diverse talents early in life and acquired most in an auto-didactic fashion. His love for electronics started early in high school, but he surpassed the level of the class — and the school — quickly, graduating with his diploma in the second semester of his sophomore year.

His love for animals was intrinsic to him even as a small child, and he put that love to work on the family dog, Bobby, a small terrier with an attitude problem. Ward said he was the only one in the family to whom Bobby would listen, and he eventually became the only one who could handle him.

“I try to act like their type, I guess,” Ward said. “I thought about being a vet a long time ago, but it would take a lot of work now. I like doing a lot of different stuff, and I’m always looking at how things work, and I prefer hands-on training. I could probably become a vet if I wanted to, but I can’t sit in a classroom for that long.”

Ward is best known around Muskogee for his three-legged Anatolian shepherd mix, Woody, whom he brings to local events for children (and grown-ups) to interact with.   

Meet Tim Ward

AGE: 55.

HOMETOWN: Muskogee and Los Angeles.

CAREER: Facilities maintenance at Los Dios Veterinary Hospital.

EDUCATION: Grade school, high school, and some college; “School of Hard Knocks.”

FAMILY: Mom lives in Muskogee; sister lives in California; father died a few years ago.

CHURCH: Raised Catholic.

HOBBIES: Playing with a little bit of everything.

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