Bob Ford
1933 - 2020
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Ford, Bob 8/7/1933 - 6/11/2020 Chelsea Age 86, passed away peacefully with his family Thursday, June 11, 2020. He was born August 7, 1933, in Caraway, Arkansas, the son of Bill and Kathryn (Staples) Ford. Bob served in the US Army, in Germany, from 1953-1955. He worked at General Motors Hydromatic. Bob did Intarsha (woodworking with different colors of wood). Bob loved growing cacti and watching John Wayne movies. He liked to feed the birds, gardening, and most of all, spending time with his family. He married Babette J. Batchelor in Ann Arbor on October 10, 1981, and she survives. Other survivors include four daughters, Betty Ford of Saline, Joyce (Larry) Kaas of Dexter, Anna Sakcriska of Kansas, Mariette Purslow of Chelsea; one sister, Shirley Judy of Ann Arbor; 7 grandchildren, Michelle, Melissa, Matthew, Christina, Daniel, Carrie, and Amy; 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Ford. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 15, at Cole Funeral Chapel. Due to Covid restrictions, please call the funeral home at 734-475-1551 to schedule a time to pay your respects. A private burial will take place Tuesday, June 16, at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1169 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, or a charity of your choice.



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Published in Ann Arbor News from Jun. 11 to Jun. 14, 2020.
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June 15, 2020
Dear Babette, Even though I only meet Bob a couple of times. I know if you loved him, he had to be a great person. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.
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Larry and Sandra Kile
Sandra Kile
Family
June 15, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Bobs passing last week. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Bob and Babette through his dialysis clinic. I really enjoyed seeing them several times a week for the past year. Bob was loved by many of the patients and staff at the clinic. He was a very nice man and easy to get along with. He was always whistling and smiling. I enjoyed seeing him watching the birds out of the clinic window after Babette put the bird seed out. I will remember him fondly every time I look at his chair by the window. My sincere condolences to his family.
Heather Penix
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June 15, 2020
Dearest Babette , although we didnt know Bob well, we know you. We know that you are such a strong person and we are here if you need anything. I bet Bob is looking down on you right now with love. Take care of yourself. Lovingly, Steve and Kathy.
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June 14, 2020
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June 14, 2020
I can't remember my life without Bob Ford in it. He stayed with us and worked with my Dad when I was a little girl. Throughout my life he always offered to help when we needed it, any way he could. I will miss him always and will never forget his kindnesses.
Barbara Staples Melvin
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June 13, 2020
I only new you and Babette the past few years as a fellow dialysis patient. As we all consider the group we dialyses with as a second family I feel your passing as a loss of a family member. I will miss you both.

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Orrin Gregg
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June 13, 2020
Bobbi, It has been such a joy sharing some of your life. Wish I would have known you longer. Cacti, John Wayne, wood work, flowers, feeding the animals and birds, catalog collections ... so many memories and talents to remember you with. (In case you read this later!....Babette has let me know that John Wayne passed 41 years earlier - to this very day. Go figure ... bet he was right there to welcome you. God Bless you Bobbi, love forever.
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June 12, 2020
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June 12, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers
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June 12, 2020
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June 12, 2020
Dear Babette and family, We are very sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dave and Vicki Bobo
Dave Bobo
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June 11, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was my Aunt Babette's best friend and husband for so many years. I know she will miss him deeply as will the rest of their large family. Take your wings and we know you are no longer in pain. Much love to all of you.
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June 11, 2020
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