Rollin L. "Bud" Ford
April 15, 1930 ‒ May 18, 2014
LEXINGTON: Bud Ford was a man of strength and generosity who was at his strongest in his prayer chair. A prayer warrior for his family and church family, Bud was a loyal and loving man who would “give you the shirt off of his back” when he learned of a need.
The faith and family that meant so much to him, surrounded him with hymns and psalms as Bud went to be with the Lord Sunday evening May 18, 2014 from Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. He was 84.
Born Rollin Lawrence Ford April 15, 1930 in Morrow County to Fred and Vera (Stull) Ford, Bud was an outstanding athlete at Lexington High School. His record 51 points in a basketball game still stands (set long before three-point shots), and he was graduated in 1948.
A veteran of the US Army, Bud was stationed with the 24th Infantry Division in Japan during the Korean Conflict.
Bud worked 37 years with Tappan Industries, was a member of the Quarter Century Club, and after his workday, Bud worked some more: He raised cattle and tended to his horses on the farm, the land he dearly loved. Raised with the work ethic to give back, Bud invested in the community of Lexington. He was a charter member of Lexington Lions Club, and along with a cousin (George Clever), spearheaded the Lions Club project of erecting backstops at each of Lexington’s elementary schools and the junior high – using only their farm tractor and a post hole digger.
He served on Lexington’s first Water & Sewer Board as the village was developing the Clearfork Hills housing development.
Bud and his wife Jan were active members of Lexington Grace Brethren Church, where he served as assistant treasurer and they were youth group advisors. Any project or job around the church building usually included Bud.
From his years as an outstanding athlete in high school, Bud followed sports. He was loyal to the Cleveland Indians (“come on pitcher, you gotta throw strikes”), and was an encourager to his family in their activities.
Bud leaves a legacy of faith to his family. They include his wife of 60 years Janice (Mentzer) Ford; their children Amy (Marty) Campbell of Lexington, Glen (Tia) Ford of Waynesville and Greg Ford of Lexington; grandchildren Seth (Audrey) Campbell of Columbus, Brooke (Justin) Hewlett and Ashley Campbell all of Lexington and Grant Ford of Waynesville; great granddaughter Kaylee Rose Hewlett, a great grandson on the way Harrison Campbell; sister Dorothy Nunamaker of Steam Corners; brothers Fred (Mary Jane) Ford and Dale (Carol Zimmerman) Ford all of Lexington; a brother-in-law Jack Elliott; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Bud was preceded in death by sisters Helen (Howard) Scheffler and Veramae (Paul) Schrock; and sisters-in-law Carolyn Ford, Helen Mentzer, Eileen (Andrew) Gurik, and Georgia Elliott.
The Ford family will receive friends Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Visiting continues Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., when a service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Pastor Matthew Rupple will assist Bud’s son-in-law Marty Campbell in leading the service. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.
Memorial contributions to Smile Train or Wounded Warrior Project may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Ford family, and private messages of sympathy and support may be made to them online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com