Charles Ford

Obituary of Charles David Ford

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Charles David (Dave) Ford was born in New York, NY, on Jan. 9, 1919 (1/9/1919) to Harold W. and Ruth (Dias) Ford. He grew up in Madison, New Jersey and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the army in WWII and was chosen by Edwin Hubble (of Hubble Space Telescope fame) to work on a mission at the Maryland armament station blowing up German and Japanese bombs at night in an effort to understand what made them so special. He was transferred to Muroc Airforce Base, now Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California. Dave loved California and though he took an engineering job in Chicago (a good way west of New Jersey) after the war, he vowed he would someday be back in California. A couple of years later he was living and working in Santa Clara, California now Silicon Valley. There he started working for Pittsburg-Des Moines Steel Co. and worked with them for 30 years until his retirement in 1984.

 

Dave married Virginia Addeene Marshall in June of 1958. They have two daughters, Linda Ford Bunch (husband, Craig E. Bunch) and Mary Ellen Kramer (husband, Dale Kramer). Dave and Virginia traveled to many interesting places after retirement including yearly one month stays at the Ford family camp on Parker Pond in Maine.

 

He and Virginia were very involved with Quail Lakes Baptist Church. Dave was still a deacon at age 95. When it was his turn to open the church at 7:00 am (or earlier) he was there. He was involved with the Tuesday men’s group at the church picking up (and taking home) men who no longer drove. Dave drove until he was 100, and lived alone in his house after the death of his wife 15 years prior as he did for 58 years until his last 10 months. Dave Ford passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. He was preceded in death by his brother and sister.

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