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Richard Allen FordRichard Allen Ford, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend to many, passed away at the age of 49, on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at University Hospital, Cleveland, following a brief illness.
He was born on November 20, 1962, in Lorain, where he lived most of his life. He was a 1981 graduate of Southview High School, Lorain and attended then Ohio State University.
Rick loved the outdoors, gardening, and sports, especially the Cleveland teams, and he was an avid Ohio State University Buckeye Fan. He also enjoyed riding his "Victory" motorcycle, movies and music.
He is survived by his wife, Julie L. (nee Boone), sons; Alex, of Chicago and Zachary, of Lorain, daughter, Hannah, of Lorain, parents; Don & Gloria (nee VanNest) Ford, of Lorain, and his sister, Debbie (Tom) Cotterill, of Lorain. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Elmer & Ruth Ford and Harry & Leotta VanNest, uncles; Larry Ford, and Bob and Tom VanNest, and his aunts; Louise Morris and Shirley Carpenter.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 4-8 p.m., in the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, where services will be held on Monday at 9:30 a.m. His funeral Mass will follow, at 10:00 a.m., at Nativity of the BVM Catholic Church, 418 West 15th Street, Lorain. Rev. Fr. Robert J. Glepko, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain.
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To the family of Rick Ford - I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. Thank you for allowing me to care for him. We could tell how much he was loved.
Allie Ludwig - March 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Ford Family, I was very very sad to see that Rick lost his battle this past week. Your family was truely an inspiration to me and the other nurses that took care of him for your courage and strength in such a difficult time. I hope that your family can find solace in knowing that he is truely in a better place full of peace and eternal life....oh and lets on forget the eternal victory ride on his bike :) Take care and it was truely a pleasure meeting all of you, especially Rick. Respectfully, Jessica Zeiger RN University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Jessica Zeiger RN - March 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Our sympathy goes out to you,Julie,Alex,Zac and Hannah,Don, Gloria and Debbie. Rick was a great person`and friend ,he was like a brother to me I will miss him dearly
Jeff Jordan - March 24, 2012 at 07:34 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.
Mary and Melissa Cortes - March 24, 2012 at 06:17 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Dear Julie & family - I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Ricky. He was a great guy and I will always remember him walking the halls of Southview with that smile on his face. I will pray that our good Lord comforts all of you in your time of sorrow. May God bless all of you - Sincerely, Casey Swenski
Casey Swenski - March 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Don & Gloria, we are so sorry to hear the news about Ricky. Nothing anyone says can ease the pain and sorrow you are feeling right now. But please know that we are thinking of all of you at this sad time.
Ron & Etta Anderson - March 23, 2012 at 02:40 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Dear Julie and family, You have our sympathy with Ricky's passing. I never saw him without a smile on his face. Please know that you are in our prayers now, and in the days ahead. May all of your memories together never fail to sustain your spirits. Isaiah 41:10 Neighbors, Barb, Joe and Maggie Conley
Joe, Barb and Maggie Conley - March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Rick was a great guy and we were sad to hear of his passing. I will always remember his smile and how happy he and Julie were together. Words cannot help at this time but know that we are thinking of you. Sending much love and prayers.
Sandy and Jim Oswalt - March 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I was very saddened to hear of the death of your husband Richard. You are in my thoughts and my prayers. May God bless you and your family during this time and always. Your husbands passing will leave a void in the hearts of everyone who knew him.
Michelle Hendrix - March 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Don & Gloria. Our prayers and thoughts go out to your family. Its so hard to lose someone. But we need to remember that God will give you the comfort of knowing he is not suffering anymore. He is at peace and in a much better place. We will be praying for all of you.
Don & Kathy Jenkins - March 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM