Minonk- James D. Ford, 84, of Minonk, IL passed away at 10:20 am
on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Heritage Health Care in Minonk where he
had been a resident.
He was born on March 3, 1929 in Minonk, IL a son of John Carl and
Margaret Milstead Ford. He married Mary C. Petri on January
12, 1957 in Minonk, IL. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Sarah (Bill) Hakes of Ballwin,
MO; one son, John (Polly) Ford of Minonk, IL; five grandchildren,
Elizabeth, Daniel, and Sean Hakes all of Ballwin, MO; Graham and
Kailey Ford both of Minonk, IL; and one brother, John Stephen
(Darlene) Ford of Grand Haven, MI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, James and one
sister, Norma Jean.
An Army veteran, James served his country during WWII. He
was a member of the Minonk American Legion, VFW, and the NRA.
James was a lifetime farmer in the Minonk area. He was a
representative for special education as well as serving 9 years on
the Minonk-Dana-Rutland School Board and 15 years with the Minonk
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 2,
2013 at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk.
Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 5-7 pm at the
funeral home. Burial will be in the Minonk Township
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Wounded Warrior Project, Community Cancer Center in Normal,
IL; Heritage Health Care in Minonk, or the Minonk
United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the
family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at
Heritage Health Care and Dr. Sriratana for the exceptional care
given to James.
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