Gerald "Jerry" Ford (1949 - 2015)

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Gerald "Jerry" Ford, Littlestown, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 23, 2015, at his home.
Born Sept. 5, 1949, in DuBois, he was the son of the late Leo "Hank" and Marion Ford. Gerald married Patti McDonald Ford May 18, 1996.
Jerry was very nomadic having lived in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Florida, Maryland and eventually back to Pennsylvania.
Jerry enjoyed traveling to historical battlefields and landmarks. He also enjoyed touring presidential homes. He had traveled to all 50 states.
His favorite destination was Custer's Battlefield. He enjoyed old movies, particularly westerns.
His greatest joys were his children and grandchildren on whom he doted as frequently as possible.
Jerry had a zest for life like no other. He will be greatly missed.
Jerry graduated from DuBois Area High School and attended Shepherd University.
He was the former owner and operator of Cardiopulmonary Services and Home Health Specialties in Martinsburg, W.Va.
He was a former member of the Sertoma Club, a former member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Lung Association, a longtime member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, both in Florida and Maryland.
He was previously a volunteer driver for the VA Medical Center via the American Legion FSK Post 11 in Frederick, Md. He also drove for Homewood at Crumland Farms Assisted Living facility in Frederick, Md.
He is survived by his wife and three children: Becky May and husband, Chris; Aaron Ford and wife, Rosa; and Nikki Acre and husband, Jared; grandchildren: Philip Ford, Henry May, Stanford May, Abigail Ford, Ava Driggers, Lyla Driggers, Elizabeth Ford; and great-granddaughter, Violet Ford.
He is also survived by 11 siblings: Leah Green and husband, Jack; Larry Ford, Ron Ford and wife, Kathy; Charlie Ford and wife, Debbie; Marcia Nastase and husband, Sam; Terry "Turk" Ford and wife, Eileen; Carol Ford, Tom Ford and wife, Holly; Pat Ford and wife, Susan; Dave Ford and wife, Wanda; and Kathy Reilly and husband, Ed.
Also surviving are numerous cousins, nieces, nephews; mother-in-law, Geraldine "Gerry" McDonald; sister-in-law, Sue Kabbourim; special friends and travel buddies, Rich and Eva English; and his first wife and mother of his children, Lindsay Ford.
A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2015, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 29 South Queen St., Littlestown, with the Rev. James Sterner celebrant. Repast will be at his home following mass. Burial will be private at a later date. There will be no viewing.
Memorial donations may be made to ARC of Frederick County, The or Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Online condolences may be shared on www.littlesfh.com.
Published in The Courier Express from July 26 to July 27, 2015
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