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Dennis A. "Sam" Ford

July 26, 1945 — February 26, 2020

Dennis A. “Sam” Ford  “beloved father, grandfather and brother”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Dennis A. “Sam” Ford, 74, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

Born on Thursday, July 26, 1945 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of O. Glenn and Eva Sherwood Ford. On August 7, 1965 in the Bell Run Union Church, Shinglehouse, he married Sandra L. “Sandy” Daily, who passed away on March 5, 2016.

Sam started his school years in a one room schoolhouse on Bell Run and then attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.

At one time Sam ran a dairy farm on Sunnyside Road in Shinglehouse. He retired from Stroehmann’s Bakeries in Olean, N.Y., after more than 40 years of service.

Sam attended Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse. For several years, Sam and his wife were volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program in Potter County. He enjoyed mowing lawns and handing out “Tootsie Pops” to young and old. “Smiling Sam” always had a twinkle in his eye.

Surviving are a son, Gregory A. Ford of Shinglehouse; two grandsons, Matthew G. Ford and Joshua G. Ford; a brother, Kenneth (Teresa) Ford of Shinglehouse; a sister, Jessie Schoonover of Bradford; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Sam was predeceased by three brothers, Orville Ford, Rollie Ford, and Jack U. Ford; and three sisters, Lorena Pratt, Loretta McCaffrey, and Agnes “Aggie” Pratt.

Family and friends are invited to call from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Bell Run Union Church, Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 12 noon with the Rev. Chad E. Shaffer, pastor of Bell Run Union Church, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Bell Run Community Club, c/o Becky Austin, 308 Austin Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Sam’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Sam, please visit or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.


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