Fred J. Ford, loving husband, dad and papa died peacefully at home on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was 90.
Interment is planned at the National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif.
Fred was born Jan. 29, 1923, to John and Nora Lominac Ford in Warne, N.C. He was raised in Clay County, N.C., graduating from Hayesville High School in 1942. On Dec. 25, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre until the end of WWII in 1945. Fred married Erma Henley in Newton, Mass., in 1949.
His career as a construction engineer for the Perini Corporation took him to hydro-electric projects in Australia, South America and several states in the U.S., bringing them to Grass Valley in 1964 to work on the Bullards Bar Dam. Fred then worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, Tenn., from 1971 to 1990, when he returned to Grass Valley to retire. He was a member of the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge No. 13 of Nevada City and the Fly Fishers Club of Nevada County. Fred loved travel, gardening, fly fishing, and most of all, baseball. He was a devoted family man and a longtime volunteer for the Interfaith Food Ministry.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Erma; sons John Ford (Alice) of Clovis and Glen Ford of Penn Valley; daughter, Alison Ford Dyer (Doug) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandson, Scott Ford (Amber); great-grandson, Braden Ford, all of Clovis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fred is preceded in death by sisters Mildred Ford West, Evelyn Ford West and Bernice Ford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grass Valley United Methodist Church and the Interfaith Food Ministry.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.
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