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  • "Though I didn't know Jeff too well I am a close family..."
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JEFFERY HARDING FORD Jeffery Harding Ford, of Kennewick, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2016 after a long battle with COPD and Emphysema. Jeff was born in Walla Walla, Washington on May 15, 1948 and lived in Pasco until graduating from Pasco High School in 1966. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the Army as a Sergeant in the 25th Infantry until his honorable discharge in 1970, earning bronze stars and numerous medals. He was the platoon leader of a group of "tunnel rats" fighting in the Ho Bo Woods and Cambodia. Upon his return from Vietnam, Jeff lived in San Diego, California, where he enjoyed owning his own business, was the president of The Optimist Club, a member of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, and a deacon of his Episcopalian church. Jeff returned to Pasco in 1987. He owned "Jeff's Carpet Service" and in 2004, enrolled at Columbia Basin College earning an Associates of Arts degree in 2007. Jeff loved music and was a member of the Pasco High School band playing saxophone. He enjoyed playing his favorite "Louie Louie" with local bands during his youth. He is fondly remembered for being quite the dancer! Jeff had a passion for skydiving, a love and compassion for animals, volunteering with the VFW and American Legion local chapters, and was a lifelong Seahawks fan. He was a member of Faith Assembly Christian Center in Pasco and leaves behind his special friend Terrie, caring staff at Royal Columbian, and many friends. Jeff is preceded in death by his parents, Walter E. Ford Jr. and Mary Louise (Harding) Ford. Jeff is survived by his sister, Vicki (Gary) Revello of Spanaway, WA, brothers Walter E. Ford III of Richland, WA, Robert (Kathy) Ford of West Richland, WA, and Chris (Carole) Ford of University Place, WA, nieces Elizabeth (Ken) Richter of Ballard, WA, Nicole and Natasha Ford of Richland, WA, nephews Jason Ford of Richland, WA, and Steven Ford of Munich, Germany, and nieces Jordan (Sean) Armentrout of Tacoma, WA, and Tara Ford (Robbie Shields) of Potter Valley, CA, and Amber Young of Newberg, OR. The family plans to hold a memorial service for Jeff in Tacoma, Washington, in mid-December. Donations in Jeff's memory would be welcome to Chaplaincy Health Care/Hospice House and American Legion Post 34. The family of Jeff wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Chaplaincy Health Care/Hospice House, the nurses and staff at Royal Columbian, and his VA medical care team.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Nov. 18, 2016
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