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Bill Ford - December 15, 2008

Bill Ford was born on the family farmstead north of Madrid, Neb. on Dec. 17, 1921. He was the second of five children born to Lloyd and Ruth Davies Ford. Bill grew up in the Madrid community and graduated from Madrid High School.
Bill joined the United States Army in May of 1942. He served in the European Theater during World War II. He was awarded multiple distinguished medals including the Purple Heart.
After his discharge in 1945, Bill returned to Perkins County where he met Myra Lee Howell and they were married on March 3, 1947. They lived on their farm north of Grainton, Neb. where they raised their two sons, David and Doug.
Bill and Lee retired from the farm in 1974 and moved to Littleton, Colo. They enjoyed traveling in their pickup camper and later their motor home. In 1987 they moved to the Casa Del Sol community in Glendale, Ariz. Bill died Dec. 15, 2008. He had reached the age of 86.
While living on the farm, Bill served as a volunteer fireman, sat on the Elsie Coop board serving as chairman, was a leader for the FFA, chairman of the Perkins County Farm Bureau and chairman of the University of Nebraska extension program in Perkins County. While living in Littleton he was an active member of the Sertoma Club.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two brothers, Don and Max, and his sister, Barbara Sparks.
He is survived by his wife, Lee, of nearly 62 years; his two sons, David and wife Anne and Doug; two granddaughters, Willa and Matisa; one grandson, Aaron and wife Sheri; two great-grandchildren, Jolie and Halie; one brother, Glenn and wife Virginia Ford of Grant; other relatives and friends.
Committal of Bill’s cremains will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Madrid Cemetery.
A flag presentation will be made by the Perkins County Veterans.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.