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HENRY WETTON FORD, 89, of Fort Wayne, his life as a seasoned mentor and trusted advisor ended quietly on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. It was a life of humor, music and story, a firm belief in God, and a hatred of injustice and inequality. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather - quick to smile or laugh, and always with a story and a twinkle in his eye. He had an indomitable spirit and approached every challenge with optimism, strength, and integrity. He was a truly kind man, respected and emulated by those around him. Already, he is missed in the lives he touched.Born Aug. 23, 1924, in Auburn, Ind., he was the youngest of three children and a son of Geneva Myrtle (Muhn) and Arthur Whitten Ford. He attended Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio, before serving three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a radar mechanic during World War II. His service included a year of training at the RCAF Radio School in Clinton, Ontario, where he met his first wife, Jean (Wright) Ford. They married in 1946. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1950, and his MS in Business Administration at Indiana University at Fort Wayne. He retired from The Magnavox Co., Fort Wayne, in July of 1987 after a career as a Design Engineer and a Quality Assurance Supervisor. In 1953, he became a member of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, where he taught Sunday school, served as a Trustee and Elder, Officer of the Men's Club, and Chairman of the Christian Education Committee. He represented First Presbyterian for the West Central Neighborhood Ministry, and was a member of the church's Task Force on Homosexuality. His wife, Jean died in 1990, and in 1991 he found and wed his new life partner, Carolyn Finch. To his delight, his life included an extended family and grandchildren whom he welcomed into his continuing journey. Surviving are his wife, M. Carolyn (Finch) Ford; son, Douglas M. (Carol) Ford of Golden Valley, Minn.; daughter, Kristina L. (Charles Noerenberg) Ford of Golden Valley, Minn.; two stepsons, John L. Finch of Fort Wayne and Peter C. (Julie) Finch of Cadillac, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Laura L. (Jim Baker) Finch-Baker of Pendleton, Ind.; and five grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Barbara Maddigan and Lee Ellen Ford. Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. "The family would like to thank the Towne House staff and Parkview Hospice for their care and concern." Memorials to First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne or the Community Foundation of Fort Wayne/ Jean Ford Fund, 555 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. To sign the online guestbook, visit

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 26, 2014
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