Don E. Ford, 77, of Fayette, Ohio, died Nov. 16, 2016, at the University of Toledo Medical Center, after a period of declining health.
He was born April 27, 1939, in Fayette to the late Stanley and Lelah (Brink) Ford. He married Mary K. Moore on April 1, 1994, in Angola, Ind. She survives.
A lifelong resident of Fayette, Don graduated from Gorham-Fayette High School in 1957 and fulfilled his passion as a cattle farmer during his adult life. He also had previously been employed at ITT in Archbold for 44 years, from where he formally retired. Don and Mary enjoyed annual camping trips to Canada.
Don served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. He was active in the VFW, AMVETS and Eagles.
In addition to his wife, Mary, Don is survived by two sons, Robert Ford, and Terrence (and Jaralyn) Ford of Wauseon; a step-son, Larry Strayer of Delta, Ohio; two step-daughters, Teresa Jay of Toledo Ohio; Lesa (and Wade) Jay of Swanton, Ohio; a sister, Barbara Tadda of New Port Richie, Fla; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan M. Ford.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette, with Pastor Andrea Curry officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Full military honors will be performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and also on Saturday for one hour preceding the service at the funeral home.
Memorial donations are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.