Ray Ward, 76, a retired congressional staff member and a former employe of the Agriculture Department and the U.S. Forest Service, died of a brain tumor Friday at his home in Arlington.

Mr. Ward became a consultant to the intergovernmental relations sub-committee of the House in 1950. He later transferred to the staff of the special subcommittee for donable property, which helped fraw up legislation for the Surplus Property Act. This law makes surplus federal property available to hospitals, schools and similar institutions.

At his retirement in 1963, Mr. Ward was an economic consultant to the Joint Economic Committee.

In 1964, president Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Mr. Ward to chair a temporary commission to settle claim between Alaska and the federal government. Because he returned $27,000 of the commission's $33,000 budget, Rep. Thomas B. Curtis (R-Mo.) made a speech on the House floor in which he made a joking reference to Mr. Ward as "an inefficient bureaucrat who cannot spend $33,000 and come in for a supplement or two."

Mr. Ward was born in Republic, Wash. He attended Eastern Washington State Normal and the University of Idaho. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1931, and joined the U.S. Forest Service in the early 1930s. He worked in the pacific Northwest, Alaska and New England before being assigned to Washington. In 1942, he joined Agriculture as chief of purchase, sales and traffic. From 1947 unitl he began his career on Capitol Hill, he worked for the old Bureau of the Budget.

Mr. Ward was a member of the National Press Club, the Forest Service Retirees, and Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington.

Surviors include his wife, Mazie, of the home; two daughters, Sue Jackson, of Marshfield, Mo., and Norma Coyne, of Fiarfax; a sister, Flora Bremner, of John Day, Ore., and six grandchildren.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a charity of one's choice. B7