Robert “Bob” Charles Ford, age 86, of Webb City, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 14, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Bob, son of the late Floyd and Hazel (Pool) Ford, was born in Thompson, AR. On June 21, 1957, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Arleta Mae Frederick, in Arkansas. She preceded him in death in April 2021. Bob honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps, enlisting in 1953 and retiring in 1972 as a Korean War and decorated Vietnam Veteran. Soon after, he and Arleta moved to the Stark City, MO area where they owned-operated their crop farm and spent their free time bowling. Bob also owned and operated Ford Insurance Agency and Bob Ford Trucking. Life later took them to Webb City where Bob worked for and retired from Tri-State Motor Transit. Bob and Arleta enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino and eating at the Golden Corral. Bob was a devoted and loving husband, dad, and grandpa who will be greatly missed and forever in the hearts of his family.
Bob is survived by his children, Rodney Ford (Jennifer), of Lakeland, FL, Debbie Baugh (Shawn) of Carthage, Rocky Ford (Eileen) of Granby and Bridget Yust (Rob) of Webb City; his sister, Marianne Haddock (Woody) of Springdale; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Randy Ford, and sisters, Louise Lockhart and Linda Darden.
A private family celebration with Military Honors will be held Friday morning, February 18, 2022 with inurnment to be held at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Webb City. The family extends gratitude to the staff of NHC, with a special thanks to Steve Burish, for their compassionate care for our dad over the past few months.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.