Morgan Lyman Ford, 93 of Tecumseh traveled on to his final resting place on July 18, 2013. He was surrounded by his family and the wonderful caregivers at Lenawee Hospice and sent on with much love.
He was born to Lyman H. and Susie E. (Brown) Ford on May 18, 1920 in Berkey, Ohio, on the family farm. He graduated from Burnham High school in Sylvania, Ohio.
He married Dorothy E. Hertzfeld on May 28, 1949 in Maumee, Ohio. They had 64 wonderful years together. From this union five children were born: Susan (Rick) Durkee, Nancy (Denny) Lewis, Peggy (Guy) Manwaring, James (Vicky) Ford and Julie (Joe) Ruttinger. Morgan loved and enjoyed his eight grandchildren: Megen Allen, Sarah Lester, Katie Hillard, Jacob Lewis, Errett Manwaring, Allison Manwaring, Kayla Ruttinger and Keaton Ruttinger and his seven great-grandchildren: Jack, Luke and Grace Allen, Brandon and Allison Hillard, Riley and Morgan Manwaring.
Morgan was very proud of his years of service in the 8th Air Force during WWII. He was a 2nd Lt. Navigator on a B-24, part of the 466th heavy bomber group that was stationed at Attlebridge Air Base in Norwich, England. He loved to share is “war stories” with his grandchildren as it was most important to him to pass on this part of his life. He still kept in contact with a few of his fellow airmen and attended many air shows at Thunder over Michigan.
He was employed at The Tecumseh Products for 43-1/2 years. He had a wonderful work ethic. He started in the tool room and retired as Master Mechanic. He interrupted his early years of work by enlisting in the Air Force only to return to The Products when his service was complete. He called many co-workers and employees friends having spent much time in and out of the office with them.
Dad appreciated a full life with many hobbies and passions. He delighted in his golf and bowling leagues up until the age of 91. A day at the lake fishing was always good. In his earlier years he liked to hunt for deer and pheasant. His favorite pastime was watching and listening to Detroit Tiger ball games. He loved his two special birthdays when his whole family attended Tiger games together. Playing cards with his siblings and their spouses was a weekly event. After retiring, he developed a love for woodworking. He also took great pride in his gardening and growing dahlias and cannas. He spent many years investigating and publishing the Ford family genealogy. He relished in watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren in their many activities throughout the years. Morgan enjoyed his recent trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the family vacation spot of more than 55 years.
As a final legacy, he will forever be known as the proud holder of the world’s oldest fruitcake! He savored every moment he recited the story of Fidelia Bates Ford baking her fruitcake. He entertained Jay Leno on the Tonight Show and even sampled a bite in 2003.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lyman and Susie Ford, siblings: Beaulah Southward, Arthur Ford, Garland Ford, Mildred Barricklow, and Raymond Ford plus many other cherished family members and friends.
Funeral services were handled by Anderson Funeral Home in Tecumseh, Mich., on Tuesday July 23 at 11 a.m. The family welcomed visitors on Sunday night 5-8 p.m, Monday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com.