Ivan Ray Ford, 88, of Bryan, Ohio, and formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died June 13, 2009, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Ivan was born in Fayette on March 27, 1921, to Eclair and Gertrude (Humphrey) Ford. He married Virginia Kemp in 1946 in Fayette, and she preceded him in death Aug. 13, 2000.
Ivan proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps as a Staff Sergeant during World War II, from August 1942 to December 1945.
Ivan devoted much of his career to law enforcement, serving as the chief of police in Fayette from 1958 to 1968, before taking a job with the police post in Montpelier. He also served as a correctional officer at the Fulton County Jail from 1974 to 1982. He later worked as a groundskeeper at Harrison Lake State Park until his retirement in 1998.
Ivan attended the New Life Worship Center in Bryan, Ohio. He worked as a carpenter throughout his life and enjoyed the art of woodworking.
Ivan is survived by three daughters, Rosalyn (and David) Reade of Osseo, Mich., Ramona Campbell of Stryker, Ohio, and Roxanne (and Richard) Smith of Manchester, Ky.; a daughter-in-law, Denise Ford; two brothers, A. L. (and Val) Ford of Holland, Ohio, and Ralph (and Maggie) Ford of Auburn, Ind.; one sister, Evelyn Sevrence of Edon, Ohio; 15 grandchildren, David (and Amy) Reade, Jr., Kelley (and Archie) Hockensmith, Kim (and Tim) Annis, James (and Alisha) Reade, Shelby Walters, Allison Taylor, William Tyrell (and Suzy) Campbell, Cory (and Chassity) Adams, Toby (and Christine) Adams, Nichole (and Kabir) Houston, Otis Ford, Marvin Ford, Brenda Wyse, Terri Smith, and Lanae Ford; 39 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great grandchildren.
Besides his wife, Ivan was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roland, in 2006; a sister, June Leonard in 2008; and a brother, Donald, in childhood.
Following Ivan’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette with Pastor Mark Holbrook officiating. Military rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Ohio Concerns of Police Survivors, P.O. Box 333, Marysville, OH 43040; or The Wounded Heroes Foundation, Inc., 180 N. Stetson Ave., Ste 4525, Chicago, IL 60601.