Morris “Hap” Ford, 101, of Jefferson died Monday, July 31, 2017 at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa.
A service of remembrance was held Saturday, August 5 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson, Iowa with Bruce Webster of Church of Christ officiating. The music played was “Heaven Got Another Angel” by Gorden Garner, “Jealous Of The Angels” by Donna Taggert and “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” Honorary casket bearers were Larry Ford Jr., Mark Wright, Mark Ott and Chris Deason. Casket bearers were Cory Ott, Chad Ott, Isaiah Deason, Nick Laubscher, Chase Collins and Heath Enns. Interment was at Union Cemetery in Guthrie Center, Iowa with military honors given by Iowa Army National Guard Honor Guard.
Morris “Hap” William Ford, was born January 16, 1916 to Verner and Lois (Harrington) Ford in rural Guthrie County. Hap attended Seely School No. 6 until graduation and then went to work helping on his father’s farm. When his father quit farming, he began driving a truck for Gerald Laughery. He continued working for Laughery until he entered the service. He was medically discharged from the service and returned to Guthrie Center where he worked at Randolph Creamery. He later worked at Rural Electric Cooperative from which he retired in 1981.
On February 1, 1938, Hap married Vietta “Dolly” Irene Porter. They were the parents of one son, Larry.
Hap was an avid sports fan. He and Dolly enjoyed attending high school sporting events - holding girls state basketball tickets for more than twenty years, cheering on their local athletes and faithfully following their grandchildren’s sports teams around the state. He was also a loyal fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. They were active members of the Coon Valley Archery Club as well.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dolly; two brothers and a sister.
Hap is survived by his son, Larry; granddaughters: Michele (Mark) Ott, Janelle (Mark) Wright and Lori (Chris) Deason; grandson, Larry (Teresa) Ford Jr.; nine great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, www.sliningerschroeder.com.