Glenn Ford - February 09, 2012
Glenn Davies Ford was born on Oct. 28, 1926 in the family home in Madrid, Neb. to Lloyd and Ruth (Davies) Ford. He was the fourth of five children.
Glenn graduated from Madrid Public School in 1945. He enlisted in the service in April of his senior year. Upon graduation, Glenn attended paratrooper training as a member of the 82nd Airborne. He was proud to have marched in the World War II Victory Parade in New York City in 1946.
Service to his country was extremely important to Glenn, as is evident through his lifelong involvement with the American Legion where he served many years as Commander, Adjutant and Chaplain. Glenn was one of the last surviving World War II veterans in Perkins County, Neb.
Glenn attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln under the GI Bill. He attended the College of Agriculture where he graduated with honors in 1951 with a degree in Technical Science in Agriculture. Glenn was the first person in his family to attend college and he placed a high value on education.
Glenn’s passion for education was exhibited through over 35 years of service on the Madrid and Wheatland School Boards, where he served as both president and treasurer for many years.
While attending college, Glenn met Helen Budeit and they married on May 4, 1952. To this union five daughters were born. He was offered a job with Dole Pineapple Company in Hawaii, but they elected to remain in Nebraska and purchased a farm in Pawnee City.
Following the death of his brother, Max, Glenn and Helen returned to the family farm in Madrid. In 1987, Glenn was honored with the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Farm award. In addition to farming, Glenn was a rural mail carrier for many years.
Following the death of Helen in 1981, Glenn married Virginia Thompson on Dec. 31, 1982. They made their home in Grant, Neb.
Glenn was extremely involved in his community. He valued his involvements with the United Methodist Church, Madrid Community Club, and the Madrid Cemetery Board, where he served in various leadership capacities. He also enjoyed history and family genealogy.
Glenn was driving in the country late Saturday afternoon, Feb. 4 northeast of Madrid when he became stuck in a snowdrift. He was walking for help when he had an apparent heart attack and died. He had reached the age of 85.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Ruth, his brothers, Don, Bill, and Max, his sister, Barbara, and his first wife, Helen.
In addition to Virginia, Glenn is survived by his daughters, Diane and husband, Rob Hartman of Plattsmouth, Neb., Kathy Ford of Lincoln, Neb., Jenny and husband, Stuart Prentice of Arnold, Neb., Beverly and husband, Tom Anderson of Herman, Neb. and Michele and husband, Bud Malmberg of Phillipsburg, Kan.; stepdaughter, Jonie and husband, Don Johnson of Grant; stepson, Dan and wife, Connie Thompson of Imperial, Neb. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Geoffrey, Andrea and Zachary and wife, Amanda Hartman; Cassie and husband, Nate Stephens, Chase, Tori and Kalen Prentice; Meagan, Scot and Luci Anderson and Cole and wife, Brenna, Kady and Maggie Malmberg, Carrie and husband, Kolby Wykert, Jeremiah and wife, Ashley Johnson, Shelby and husband, Josh Day and Garret Thompson. He was especially proud of his three great grandsons, Logan Hartman and Max and Hunter Stephens; six great-grandchildren from Virginia’s side: Kyla, Kaden and Kable Wykert, Caitlin and Paige Johnson and Morgan Day. Other survivors include his cousins, Katie Carlson, Dorothy Ford, Lou Cornelius and family.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Madrid United Methodist Church in Madrid.
Burial will be in the Madrid Cemetery with the flag presentation by the Perkins County Veterans.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.