Retired Specialist (US Army) Jeff Ward signed up for the Army a week after high school, spending two years with the Army and another six with the National Guard. Although he was offered many career paths by the military, Jeff chose to follow his passion in the culinary field. After serving in the Army mess hall, he continued to culinary school in New York where he received his associates degree. Then it was off to apply his culinary talents in the Las Vegas casinos.
While working at the Treasure Island Hotel Casino, Jeff married his soulmate Inge, started a family and launched a golf cart business. After 15 years in Vegas, the decision was made to sell the business and move back to his roots in the Ozarks to raise his family.
Back in Missouri, his family started a decorative concrete business. Developing pain in his left leg, he had stumped many doctors for months trying to get to the bottom of the problem. Upon finishing the workday on May 20, 2016, Jeff went to the Emergency Room with excruciating pain in his leg. He was admitted to the critical care unit of the hospital and celebrated his 48th Birthday there. The Doctor diagnosed Jeff with an aneurysm behind his knee and loss of circulation to the rest of the limb. This resulted in an above the knee amputation. His Christianity carried him through all the surgeries and life threatening situations. He was at peace knowing God was with him as his Faith increased.
Jeff has always been an outdoor enthusiast enjoying hiking, hunting, rappelling and racing dirt bikes. A diver many years before this life changing event, he’s anxious to get back in the water. Jeff has always dreamt of diving the Caymans and can’t wait to get there!
His wife Inge will be his dive buddy, and they will be trained by Linda Maune of DiVentures in Springfield, MO.