Dickerhoff, Ford was born in 1920 in a small village near Akron, Ohio. During his high school years he played on the 1938 State Championship basketball team and was a member of the debate team. |
He worked at Goodrich Rubber Company and then at Goodyear Rubber Company in supervisory positions while earning his BS Degree at Akron State University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity and Alpha Epsilon Honorary. Ford served in the Pacific Theatre during WW II and then in the Korean Conflict as Lt. Commander in the Navy. Between those Military assignments, Ford moved with his mother and sister, Wilma, to the West Coast where he was an Assistant Manager at a Bank of America Branch and later as Industrial Relations Manager at Hughes Aircraft while attendnig night classes to obtain his Masters Degree from the University of Southern California.
He was Chairman of the Orange County Industry-Education Council which fostered the establishment in 1957 of the Fullerton State College; Chairman of the Rio Hondo Golf Course Joint Powers Commission for Downey; Assistant Chairman of the Downey Hospital Joint Powers Commission; and President of the Downey Rotary Club when it was awarded the distinction of best club in Los Angeles County. He enjoyed memberships in the San Clemente Rotary and Men's Golf Club.
Ford and his sister never married, but enjoyed playing golf with friends as they traveled throughout the world. As partners, they developed and managed commercial, residential and industrial real estate projects in California, Nevada and Hawaii. They maintained a residence in Downey for 30 years and later in San Clemente for over 30 years. Good by Ford, We will truly miss you.
Ford passed away at home resulting from a brain tumor on February 10, 2013. No services will be held. Arrangements with the Neptune Society
Published in Orange County Register on Feb. 23, 2013