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JOHN BATTICE FORD, III John Battice Ford, III, 88, of John's Island, Indian River Shores, died Monday, December 31 at his home. Mr. Ford was born in Detroit, Michigan. He lived in Grosse Pointe Farms and Harbor Springs, Michigan, and Indian River Shores. Mr. Ford was a graduate of St. Paul's School and Yale University. His professional interests were in the import/export trade. He served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Among his many volunteer contributions were serving on the board of Riverside Theater, and as Chairman of the Boards of Detroit I nstitute of Ophthalmology and The American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan Chapter. Mr. Ford was a member of the John's Island Club of Vero Beach, The Little Harbor Club in Harbor Springs, Michigan, Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Club and Yondotega Club in Detroit. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Peggy Ford, son John B. Ford, IV (Sarah) of Norfolk, Virginia, step-sons Lawrence Gotfredson (Katherine) and Christian Gotfredson, grandchildren Lisa Voeks, Kimberly Ford, John McDonald Ford, James Ford, Kelly Mathews, Lawrence Gotfredson, III, Hannah Gotfredson, Trevor Gotfredson and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held Thursday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to McKee Botanical Garden, 350 U.S. 1, Vero Beach, FL 32962. Local arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory of Vero Beach. An online guestbook is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com Paid Obituary
Published in the TC Palm on Jan. 3, 2013