Delmar Ford died on Sunday, September 23, 2007 at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. He was 73 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be on Wednesday, September 26th at 10:00 A.M. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel in Mora. Rev. Robert DeYoung will officiate. VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the service (from 9:00-10:00 A.M.)on Wednesday at the funeral home. INTERMENT will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Delmar James Ford was born in Ada, Minnesota on September 3, 1934 to Raymond and Minnie (Pagel) Ford. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. During that time he was stationed in Guam, Korea, Japan and various state side bases.
He was employed as a research machinist for 3M for 28+ years. He worked on a generator for the moon shot; a project he was very proud of. He was Commander of #6587 Spring Lake Park VFW. He started the senior club there and enjoyed his time in all offices of the post.
Del loved and fed all wildlife critters. Every “mom” brought back her new babies to show him each spring – from deer to the chipmunks, fox and coons! He had a fabulous green thumb. His yard looked like a park and he enjoyed all yard work. He loved to travel and saw much of the U.S; he especially enjoyed 4-wheeling trips to the Black Hills with his children and grandkids. Del also had his private pilot’s license with instrument rating, and loved giving friends rides in his plane. For 11 years Del ran the Brat Stand during the summer time for Festival Foods, IGA and Nelson’s Market in Mora, and became known as the “Hot Dog Man”.
Delmar is survived by his wife Jean Ford of Mora; sons Mitch (Alison) Ford of Mounds View, MN, and Brett Ford of Lebanon, Missouri; daughter Tammi (Gary) Goenig of Detroit Lake, MN; stepchildren Sherry (Ken) Fairbanks of Wyoming , MN, Tom (Julie) Hoeft of Lake Crystal, MN, Lori (Larry) Rahn of Good Thunder, MN, and Mark (special friend Lynn) Hoeft of Rapidan, MN; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; three sisters Valores Larson of Mahnomen, MN, Betty (Lester) Kleve of Cohasset, MN, and Shirley (Dean) Larsen of Mahnomen, MN; plus several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.