Robert F. Ford, age 87 of Prairie Farm, WI, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI.
Robert Fred Ford was born on October 4, 1930 in Menomonie, WI the son of Henry & Alice (Burke) Ford. He grew up in Dunn County, WI near Downing & Boyceville, and attended school at Knapp, WI. As a young man, Robert went to work as a machinist at P & H Harnisch Feger in Milwaukee, WI. He was married on January 2, 1953 to Helen Chovan in Waukegan, IL. Together they made their home in Milwaukee, WI and had 6 children, Nyla, Ann, Charmon, Judy, Alan & Robert. In 1968, Robert moved to the Clear Lake/Clayton area and purchased a 40 acre farm there. He and Helen divorced in 1973. Robert later purchased a larger farm near Clear Lake and worked his dairy operation for 20 years. On October 29, 1974, Robert married Sherry Ahlm and continued to farm and do custom crop work around the Clear Lake area. After retiring from farming, Robert delivered the Pioneer Press and the Eau Claire Leader newspapers around the area for many years. When he wasn’t busy working, Robert enjoyed fishing and visiting with family and friends. He was also a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry & Alice Ford; wives, Helen and Sherry; brother, Henry Ford, Jr.; and sister, Marion, Essex.
Robert is survived by sons and daughters: Nyla (Raymond) Newville – Prairie Farm, WI, Ann E. Ford (David Johnson) – Turtle Lake, WI, Charmon Ford (Dennis Dettman) – Clayton, WI, Judy (Tom) Sanson – Red Wing, WI, Alan (Trudy) Ford – Clayton, WI, Robert (Rita) Ford – Temple, TX; many grandchildren & great grandchildren; brother Alvin Ford – Westminster, CA; and nieces, nephews, family, & friends.
A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, WI on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be one hour before the Service at the Church on Saturday. Fr. John Long will be the celebrant and music will be provided by Yoshiko Shakel.
Interment will be at Hay River Cemetery in Dunn County, WI.
Scheuermann Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Clear Lake handled the arrangements. www.clearlakefuneralhome.com