F. Wayne Ford
April 22, 1923 - December 18, 2014
Wayne Ford, 91, of Council Bluffs, passed away on December 18, 2014 at the Midlands Living Center in Council Bluffs. Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Carson with military honors and burial in the Farm Creek Cemetery, Henderson. Visitation will be on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Fenton Wayne Ford, one of five children of Ida Marie (Spittler) and Joseph Hyram Ford, was born on April 22, 1923 in the Hazel Dell area in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. The family moved a few years later to Eli, Nebraska, located in Cherry County, where he attended school. Wayne worked as a ranch hand in the area until he was drafted into the United States Army in January, 1943, at Fort Crook, Nebraska, during World War II. He went to Camp Barkeley, Texas, near Abilene, for basic training and was assigned as a Medic. He traveled by train to an Army base in New York, then by troop boat to Brisbane, Australia on May 14, 1943. They sailed to Townsville, Australia, then to Port Moresby, New Guinea. From there by plane, they traveled to Ore Bay, New Guinea, staying there for over a year, before heading to Luzon, Philippines, then to Yokohama, Japan, where he drove an ambulance. When he left Japan to return to the States, Wayne remembered he was on a cargo ship that had passed by the USS Missouri, where the peace treaty with Japan was signed on September 2, 1945. Following his honorable discharge on December 7, 1945, Wayne returned home in Nebraska and worked various jobs, one included trucking, through the years. He worked as a welder at Armours in Omaha, Nebraska, during the 60's for about 10 years. In the early 70's, Wayne was self-employed, operating a mobile feed grinder for farmers in the Henderson, Iowa area until his retirement.
Wayne and Maxine Verenice Fay were married on March 15, 1953 in Valentine, Nebraska. They made their home in Mission, South Dakota before moving to Council Bluffs, Iowa in 1954 and then to Henderson in 1960. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Janelle Rae, Marlene Kay, Gary Wayne, Shirley Diane, and Sheri Lynne.
Wayne was a member of the Denlinger American Legion Post 530 of Henderson. He and Maxine enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling in their RV. After giving up traveling, they settled back in Council Bluffs in 2004.
Wayne and Maxine were married 56 years when Maxine passed away on January 7, 2010 in Council Bluffs.
Wayne passed away on December 18, 2014 at the Midlands Living Center in Council Bluffs, at the age of 91 years, 7 months, and 26 days. In addition to his beloved wife Maxine, he was also preceded in death by his parents; grandson Ryan Umphreys; brother Freeman Ford and wife Pauline; and sisters, Pearl Urwin and husband Ralph; and Helen Gowler and husband Dalbert.
Wayne is survived by his children, Janelle Williams and husband Doug of Henderson, IA, Marlene Garde and husband Dennis of Tahlequah, OK, Gary Ford and wife Sharon of Villisca, IA, Shirley Trumbly and husband Bob of Paola, KS, and Sheri Ford of Fremont, NE; 14 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; brother Merle Ford and wife Linda of Seward, NE; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and a host of friends.