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Jack U. Ford “beloved husband, father, and grandfather”
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Jack U. Ford, 80, of Shinglehouse, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport, after a short illness.
Born on December 18, 1938 on the family homestead in Shinglehouse, he was a son of O. Glenn and Eva Sherwood Ford. On October 28, 1967 in Coudersport, he married Della M. Green, who survives.
Jack attended school in Shinglehouse. For a period of time he was employed by the former Olean Tile Company in Olean and was later employed in the local oil fields. In 2000, Jack retired from Dresser-Rand in Olean after 33 years of service. Throughout his years of employment, he also was a general contractor.
Jack was a longtime member of the Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, where he faithfully served his church in many capacities. He loved his farm and doing woodworking. His greatest loves were his Lord and his family.
Surviving in addition to his wife are eight children, John Feely of Bolivar, N.Y., Brenda (Tom) Robinson of Richburg, N.Y., Melinda Berkheart of Grey Court, South Carolina, Paula (Ken) Dillard of Inman, South Carolina, Michael (Cherry) Feely of Bolivar, N.Y., Thomas (Linda) Feely of Englewood, Florida, Timothy Feely of Olean, N.Y., and Brian (Melissa) Ford of Shinglehouse; twenty-one grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth (Teresa) Ford and Dennis “Sam” Ford, both of Shinglehouse; a sister, Jessie Schoonover of Eldred; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Jean Feely; two brothers, Orville Ford and Rollie Ford; and three sisters, Lorena Pratt, Loretta McCaffrey, and Agnes “Aggie” Pratt.
Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Monday, February 25, 2019, at Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, Coons Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor, Pastor Jack Gregg of the Regular Baptist Church, Smethport, and the Rev. Roger Hain of Olean, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Jack’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute of Jack, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com