Roger Ford – La Tribune
January 13, 1942-Nov. 6, 2021
On a winding road in southern Ohio in 1954, at the age of 12, a young boy had the opportunity to drive a large platform. He soon learned that he loved the family trucking business.
It was this experience that led him to work the rest of his life in the transportation industry.
Roger Ford died of this life on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at the age of 79, at his residence in Ironton.
A lifelong resident of Ironton, he was born January 13, 1942, the son of the late WH “Huck” and Hester Jane Gray Ford.
His wife of 47 years and the love of his life, Uvalde “Val” Ford, who passed away in March of this year, also predeceased him; his beloved mother-in-law, Virginia “Ginny” Ford; and his brother, Oakie Gray Ford.
Roger graduated from Ironton High School in 1960. He also attended Ohio University, on the Athens campus.
He has always been proud of the family business and after graduation he joined his brother at Ford Brothers in Coal Grove.
After leaving Ford Brothers, he ventured into business with his brother, Oakie Ford, and his friend, Jackson Baldwin, owner of CES, KAT Tank and England Hill Self Storage.
A staunch supporter of the Ironton Fighting Tigers, Roger was always excited for the start of the football season. He has been a season ticket holder for over 40 years.
He was also a faithful life member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ironton, where he served as an elder for many years.
He is survived by three adored daughters, Heidi Freeman, and her husband Joe, of Ironton, Keelie Brown, her husband, Jeff, of Catlettsburg, Ky., And Marlie Richardson, and her husband, Jamie, of Jackson, Tennessee; and seven loving grandchildren, Chandler Rowland, Chelcie Rowland, Caleb Freeman, Emily Brown, Huck Brown, Graylynn Richardson and Ford Richardson; four great-grandchildren, Ava, Layla, Kanan and Kayleigh.
Her sister, Sharon Odekirk, and her husband, Richard “Odie” Odekirk, of Ironton, also survive. Roger has always had a special place in his heart for his aunt, Yvonne “Von” Lyon; and his nephew, Eric Elder, and his wife, Michelle, of Frankfort, Kentucky.
To honor the life of Roger Ford, a memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 pm at the First Presbyterian Church 201 N. Fifth St. Ironton. The Reverend Carson Hunt will officiate the service. Visits for friends will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. After the memorial service, a fellowship dinner will be held at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Bell Tower Fund Restoration Project at the First Presbyterian Church in Ironton.
Neal Funeral Home in Catlettsburg, Ky., Is honored to help the Ford family.
Online condolences can be sent to kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com or our Facebook @ Neal-Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home.