John Frederick Ford 92, completed his earthly journey on May 10, 2013 after a long illness, has now earned his heavenly rest. Born on April 22, 1921 in rural west-central Indiana to Frank and Jennie Eubanks Ford, the oldest of six children, he learned the hard labors of farm work early in life. He graduated from Dana High School in Dana, Indiana in 1939. John worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps, served briefly in both the US Navy Air Corps and the US Army Air Corps. He attended classes at Indiana State University and at the LaSalle School of Law in Chicago. He found his calling by becoming a finish carpenter in the Chicago area. Poor weather and lack of work in construction prompted a move to Tucson in 1965 where he eventually became employed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, disassembling retired aircraft until his retirement in 1987. For four years, John served with the US Navy Reserve in a supervisory position, teaching carpentry skills, doing remodeling and construction work at Sabino Canyon and at the Navy and Marine headquarters in Tucson, AZ. In October 1966, John married Eleanor Bradshaw Moreno. During their retirement years they enjoyed many travels in their motor home and belonged to the Good Sam Club. They were married for 40 years. John is predeceased by his parents, brother, Orville Ford and wife, Eleanor. Surviving family include his sister, Miriam McDowell in Tucson; sister, Ann Fairfield in Crawfordsville, IN; brother, Ralph Ford (Barbara) in Crawfordsville, IN; sister, Janice (Ted) Morgan in Evansville, IN and many nieces and nephews. A stepdaughter, Claudia Madden and her children also survive. The family thanks the staff at Sun River Assisted Living, Fountain Hills Assisted Living and the Hospice Family Care facility for the care and kindness given to John. "There is an appointed time for everything. There is a time for every event under heaven. A time to give birth and a time to die." Ecclesiastes 3:1-2. Memorial contributions may be given to the Salvation Army, 1001 N. Richey Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716. Funeral Service will be 12:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2013, with Visitation one hour prior to service time, at BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway Blvd. Entombment to follow at Holy Hope Mausoleum.
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Bring's Broadway Chapel
6910 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85710
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on May 15, 2013