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Thomas D. Ford
Thomas D. FordFlag Thomas Duane Ford, age 79, of LaRue, Ohio died peacefully at home on Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM .  He was born May 7, 1934 in Marion, Ohio to the late Andrew D. and Ruth V. (Baker) Ford.  On September 10, 1955 he married Janice M. Smith in the LaRue United Methodist Church and she survives.

Also surviving are three son: Douglas A. (Kim) Ford of LaRue, David A. (Beth) Ford of Edison and Thomas P. (Maria) Ford of LaRue.  Grandchildren Andrew (Toni) Ford, Dustin (Ashley) Ford both of LaRue, Abby Ford of Edison, Callie Boblenz and Jameson Boblenz both of LaRue. Great Grandchildren Odessa Ford of LaRue and Noel Ford.  One Brother Richard (Alice) Ford of St. Joseph, Michigan. Sister in law Nancy Ford of Delaware, Ohio. Also several Nieces and Nephews.

Thomas was raised in the Ford Furniture and Funeral Home in LaRue; where he worked with his father and brother, he was employed with the Whirlpool Corp. for 40 years working in range development and water treatment plant. Also was self employed in the heating and plumbing business. He also ran a bicycle shop. Later he built Ford Hardware in the late 70’s which later became Ford’s Appliance and Service, Inc. of which he was president.  Also president of the morning coffee club which met every morning at the store. He was in the Army Reserves and a member of the Phillippi-Clement post 101 of the American Legion. He was a member of the LaRue Kiwanis Club which he served as Lieutenant Governor and the LaRue Development Corp, where he was instrumental in getting Kiwanis Village built. One of his proudest achievements was petitioning the courts to get the Scioto Conservancy District formed which he served as a member of the board until his death. He was also a member of the LaRue Fire Department for several years, was a boy scout and boy scout leader, and operated the LaRue Water Treatment Plant, served on the LaRue  Village Council for several years and also recently as mayor till his  health issues.  After retirement he and his wife Janice traveled the world to places such as Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, several European Countries, England, Russia, France Germany, Singapore, Bali, the Great Barrier Reef as well  all fifty states. Member of the LaRue United Methodist Church. He loved to travel from camping to cruising with friends and family. He also loved to hunt and fish, going to Casinos, woodworking and local history.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday May 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue.  Ministers will be the Rev. Edward W. Fugate and Rev. Tim Pasma. Friends may call at the funeral home in LaRue from 12 Noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday.

Those who wish may make contributions to either Marion General Hospice or the LaRue United Methodist Church.

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#1 from: Mary & Ralph Lee
Marion, OH
Thu, May 16, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Ralph and I send our sympathies to Janice and to Janice and Tom's family. Tom and Ralph solved many problems of the world together. Take care and rejoice in the fact that Tom is at peace.

#2 from: Terry & barb kemp
Thu, May 16, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Dear Janice and family,
We are so very sorry for your loss.  We will truly miss seeing Tom at Coonies and visiting with him, and his wonderful sense of humor, he always made us smile.  You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

#3 from: Katie Cooper
Thu, May 16, 2013 at 6:50 PM


#4 from: Marsha K Harmon
La Rue, OH
Fri, May 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Tommy, So sorry for your family's loss. Your dad was a great help when I wanted to fix things on my own. He took the time to find the parts I would need, then he would take the time and show me how and where to put the parts. He will be missed. You and your family are in my prayers. Marsha Kay Harmon

#5 from: Fairy Wagner and Family
Fri, May 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM

So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

#6 from: Al & Mary Haberman
Batesville, MS
Fri, May 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM

We're so sorry to hear of Tom's passing, he was our friend, we'll miss him. Please accept our condolences.

#7 from: Jon and Karen Uhl
Georgetown, TX
Fri, May 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Janey and Family, we are so sorry to hear that Tom has passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jon and Karen Uhl

#8 from: Greg/Erin Bossart
Fri, May 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

To the family of Tom Ford,
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. He was a very pleasant man to talk to and be with. Our family fondly remembers our trip to see the animals and our pizza dinner with both Tom and Jan. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you.
Greg/Erin Bossart

#9 from: Asa W. Myers
Charlotte, NC
Fri, May 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Tom and Janice are my rock in LaRue, which I left in January 1955. Janice and Tom have stayed close through all these years. I miss Tom and have Janice in my prayers until I see her next month.
                   Your classmate, Asa Myers

#10 from: Wanda (Gray) Knaul
Sun, May 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I cannot make it to calling or funeral, but want the family to know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

#11 from: rick blankenship
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Dear Ford Family, I'm sorry to hear that Tom passed , he was a fine person and friend . May Peace  an Love be with you. Rick Blankenship

#12 from: Joshua Saunders
Boulder Colorado
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Doug and Kim and Family,

My Condolences,


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