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“Janice, we love you and loved Donny like our own parents. Best memories of our Thanksgiving with you guys, and the time we went to the Birthday Party...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Kevin and Julie Fosdick - NM

“My thoughts are with all of you. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Carole Jean (Vladeff) Borland - IA

“May God's blessing be with you all in this time of sorrow. He will be greatly missed by so many people. I know we will miss him honking at us...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Frankie & Jim West - Dayton, IA

“Janice, Kathy, Jeff, Becky, Mark: May the Good Lord be with you in this time of sorrow. God Bless you all always. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Kathy Faiferlick - Neighbor

“I worked with Don many years at Land O Lakes. He always was a hard worker, but, most of all he was a friendly fun guy. When I played music at the...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Elwood (Ace) Schmieder - IA

“Janice: So sorry to hear of Don't passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Dennis and Cindy Corson - Dayton, IA


Donald R. Ford, 85, of Dayton, Iowa, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the McGuire Bend United Brethren Church, rural Dayton. Pastor Richard Laird will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Dayton. Burial will be in the McGuire Bend Cemetery. Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the Peterson American Legion Post #323. For online obituaries & condolences visit: www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com

Donald Richard Ford was born on November 30, 1931, in Promise City, Iowa. He stayed on the farm with his grandparents until he was six years old, and later moved up to the Lehigh area. He attended Lehigh Schools and graduated in 1950.

Don served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1954, where he spent most of his time in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1954 as a Sergeant 1st Class.

After Don returned home to Lehigh, he worked for Tony Anthony at the oil station, did carpentry work for Marion Dosland, and also worked at Land O' Lakes Feed Company for over 30 years, retiring in 1994. He also lived on a farm and raised livestock.

In 1956, Don was united in marriage to Janice Richey. They lived in the Dayton area all their lives together. To this union they were blessed with four children, Kathy, Jeff, Becky, and Mark.

Don was a long time member of the McGuire Bend United Brethren Church outside of Dayton.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janice, children: Kathy (Jim) Hay of Harcourt, Jeff Ford of Churdan, Becky (Gary) Zerwas of Dayton, and Mark Ford of Dayton; many grandchildren and great-grandchilren; a sister, Beverly Long of Lehigh; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Maud and Bill Ford, grandson, Casey Ford, grandparents, Carmie and Richard Cox and Elmer and Ruth Ford.