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Ralph Ford

April 7, 2019

Ralph Ford

July 1, 1923 -- April 2, 2019

Ralph Ford, of Columbus, died Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at his home at Real Life in Columbus.

Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the McKown Funeral Home. Visitation is Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Columbus Cemetery.

Ralph B. Ford was born July 1, 1923 in Coffeyville, Kansas, to James Benjamin and Essie (Stanley) Ford. He graduated from high school in Coffeyville. Ralph married Rulene Paynter on May 29, 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy during the latter part of World War II.

Ralph worked for the FAA, primarily as an inspector until his retirement in 1976. He lived in Kansas and Nebraska before settling in Columbus in the mid-1990s.

He is survived by his daughters, Kay Anne (John) Sandor of Marion, Iowa, Janice Rae Clark of David City, Nebraska, Lois Jean (Jay) Greer of Salem, Oregon, and Sue Ellen (David) Reid of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rulene Ford; parents, James and Essie Ford; sister, Pauline (Andy) Anderson; and brother, Edward (Wilma) Ford

In lieu of flowers, Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the donor’s choice.

Remembrances can be sent at www.mckownfuneralhome.com