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Bruce Winton Ford

Funeral services for Bruce Winton Ford, 74, of Cordell, Oklahoma were held Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at the First United Methodist Church in Cordell, Oklahoma. Reverend Dale Durnell and Pastor Doyle Roark officiated. Burial followed at Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell, under the direction of Jack Loftiss Funeral Home, Cordell, Oklahoma.

Bruce was born March 18, 1929 in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma, the son of Frank E. Ford and Okie L. (Isbell) Ford. He went to be with his Lord at 9:11 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2003, at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

He was a 1946 graduate of Cordell High School, graduated in 1949 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Weatherford, where he earned a bachelor's degree in education, majoring in history and math. He was proud of the fact that he earned his degree in only two and one-half years.

Bruce taught one year at Binger High School before accepting employment in civil service in 1951 as an instructor/teacher, later moving to the personnel department. He worked several years in St. Louis, Missouri, and retired from civil service in 1974 at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

He then built his retirement home in Cordell and returned to his home town in 1976. He worked for a car dealer for a brief period of time, then was employed nine years for Kiwash Electric, retiring a second time in 1986.

Bruce served in the United States Army and was a disabled veteran. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cordell, the American Legion Post 134 and the Masonic Lodge. He loved his home town and served on the Cordell Board of Education at his alma mater for approximately eight years. He enjoyed local school activities and attended almost all school events, including all sports, academic functions, plays and band programs. He was the #1 Cordell High School fan. He loved the students and wanted to see the school prosper.

He was also an avid University of Oklahoma fan and for many years purchased season tickets to the OU football games and faithfully flew his OU flag. He collected brass items and "pig paraphernalia." He had a gift of hospitality, was a gracious host and loved to entertain. He was very generous and loved helping people.

Survivors include his wife Ouida Grace (Brown) Ford, of the home; two daughters: Gerri Lynn (Halford) Baize and her husband, Bob of Marlow, and Joan Lynell Miller and her husband, Bobby Joe, also of Marlow; and one son, Robert (Bob) Bruce Ford and his wife, Michelle, of Olathe, Kansas; three grandchildren, Madison Ford, Olathe, Kansas, Jeffry Bruce Halford and wife, Tina, of Tucson, Arizona; and Casey Halford and wife, Allison, of Oklahoma City; two great grandchildren, Aleyiah Halford and Jaren Halford; one sister, Dorothy Pate and her husband, Louis, of Maysville; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins and a multitude of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Dean Ford, and Dean's twin brother, Jean, who died as an infant.

Serving as pallbearers were Tracy J. Brown, C.J. Boaldin, Dan Jaronek, Eddie Isbell, Don Scarbrough and Pete Nichols. Honorary bearers were Jack Williams, Jerry Burrows, Gary Maynard, Bob Price, Maurice Wilmoth and Frank Russell.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his memory to Cordell Public Schools.

Source: Cordell Beacon

Contributed by Marti Graham, August 2003. Information posted as courtesy to researchers. The contributor is not related to nor researching any of the families mentioned.


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