Born May 27, 1938, at Blytheville, Ark., son Eddoe and Virginia Parks Ford, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam.
Survivors include his mother, Virginia Westmorlan of Kennett; a son, Howard Ford of Michigan; a daughter, Tammy Ford of Michigan; six brothers, Robert Utley of Michigan, William Utley of Blytheville, Ark., Donald, Thomas, Richard, and Michael Utley, all of Kennett, Mo.; three sisters, Ruby Smith of Michigan, Carolyn Hanners of Michigan, Dorothy Hardy of Almo, Ga.; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
McDaniel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.