Jim D. Ford
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Jimmie Dale Ford died at home April 3, 2014 of a probable heart attack.
Jim was born August 22, 1956 in West Plains, Missouri, to Jessie (Hunter) and Carl Ford. Jim was the youngest of 6 children, with 12 years between him and his closest sibling. He always said he grew up like an only child. Jim had colorful teenage years, graduating High School in West Plains, MO in 1974. Shortly after graduation he joined the US Air Force, starting as a B52 Bomber mechanic, then cross training into B1 Bombers. The US Air Force took him around the world, from Texas, to Guam, to Australia, to England, and back to Ellsworth AFB again. Jim enjoyed recounting all of his travel experiences. He retired after 20 years, as a Master Sargent, appreciating his time in the Air Force and keeping many of the organizational habits he learned there, as part of his daily routine.
After retiring from the Air Force, Jim moved with his family to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jim loved to spend time in the sun, in the water and loved to ride motorcycles. He traveled 46 of the 50 states on his motorcycle and took at least one long road trip every year to feel the wind in his face and see the sites in the beautiful USA. Jim was currently working a job he truly enjoyed at J&L Harley Davidson. He said it was the best job he ever had. Jim also had an aptitude for wood working, mechanics, electronics, and envisioning the potential in things that were not yet physically there.
At the time of his death, Jim was the patriarch of a family, who will miss him more than words can tell. He was the pillar of the unit, always finding a way to reassure and encourage. Twila Wallman, his partner for the last 27 years, his son Ty Ford and wife Elisha Ford, and his son Gunner Ford and Ashley Tran all love him and can't imagine life without him.
Jim's family is planning a spiritual gathering to celebrate his life on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 1:30 pm at the Miller West Funeral Chapel, 41st and Valley View Road, Sioux Falls, SD. Everyone is welcome.
Miller West Funeral Home
6200 West 41st Street Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 5, 2014