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Robert A. Ford

Robert A. Ford, 74, of rural Smithfield passed away at 12:54 a.m. Saturday July 29, 2017 at his home. He was born November 15, 1942 at rural Smithfield the son of Brice R. and Edna (Foulk) Ford. He married Susan Rogers on November 5, 1966 at Canton. She died July 26, 2012. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter Shelli Ford. Surviving are one daughter, Sheri (Jim) Keefauver of rural Smithfield, one sister, Lorena Jump of Canton, and two grandchildren, Megan Baker of Jacksonville and Austin Baker of Lewistown, and one great granddaughter, Stella Robertson of Jacksonville. Robert graduated from Cuba High School and then served in the Army Reserves. He was a lifelong farmer on the family farm. He worked as a welding foreman at International Harvester Canton plant and Memphis Tennessee plant until they closed. He had also worked at Canton Industrial Corporation. Robert served on the West Central FS Board of Directors. He loved to work in the field and factory. He always had time for his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday August 4 at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba with Reverend Layton Malone officiating. Burial will be in Buckeye Cemetery at rural Smithfield. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the memorial home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. To view Robert’s life tribute video or to send online condolences visit

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  1. Jack Hall on February 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Robert Bob Ford and I hired into IHC Canton Plant on Jan. 15 th 1963. Bob was a very good UAW worker and later became a Foreman in Dept 22 and also in Dept 2. Bob also was promoted to a General Foreman position in Dept. 2, 36, and Dept 37. Bob was very respected by the UAW employees and all of Management. Bob was very knowledgeable about anything that you might want to talk about. We were very good friends and spent a lot of time after retirement helping with the IHC / Navistar Canton Group Retirees. Bob will always be remembered as a person that was always helping retirees and friends as well as his family in whatever way he could.

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