Obituary for Denzil L. Ford

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Denzil L. Ford

June 11, 1932 - April 13, 2016

Denzil L. Ford, age 83, passed away Wednesday morning, April 13, 2016 at his home in rural Brown County.

He was born in rural Brown County on June 11, 1932, to the late, Arnold S. and Zetta M. (Hutchison) Ford. Denzil was a 1950 graduate of Helmsburg High School and went on to serve as a Medic with the United States Army during the Korean War. He married Ruby A. (Gillespie) Ford on March 27, 1954 in Buena Vista, Indiana. She loving survives after 62 devoted years of marriage.

Denzil retired in 1990 as a Systems Engineer for IBM in Indianapolis after 32 years of service. He attended the Neighborhood Church of God in Brown County and was a member of the Brown County American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was instrumental in founding the Little League Baseball and the Brown County Fairgrounds. Denzil will be remembered for assisting with the establishment of the original 911 Emergency System in Brown County during the 1990’s. This system was mimicked by other surrounding counties. He was also very instrumental in gaining research on the history and genealogy of Brown County, as well as all the cemeteries in Brown County. That research was used by the Brown County Historical Society to publish several books about Brown County. Denzil loved his family and traveling with his wife in their camper.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby; children, Deborah Shearer of Franklin, Donald Ford of Nashville, Michael Ford of Franklin and David Ford of Nashville; brother, Floyd Ford of Greenwood; grandchildren, Julia Bray, Sheena Ford, Joshua Ford, Jacob Ford, Ashlee Hughes, James Hughes and Melissa Mechur; and 6 great grandchildren.

Denzil was preceded in death by siblings, Dorothy Wise, Garnet Everling, Arnold Jr., Oral Ivan, Arlen, Russell, Maurice and Eugene Ford.

The Rev. Leroy Collins will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Nineveh Cemetery in Nineveh with military rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Denzil to the Trafalgar Library, 424 S. Tower St. Trafalgar, IN 46181.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Ford family at

Information: (812) 597-4670

To view his tribute video, you can link directly to the video hosted on our white-labeled site:
Denzil’s Tribute Video


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Born: June 11, 1932
Died: April 13, 2016

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Leona "Ford" Burton posted on 1/1/00

May the Great Spirit wrap you in comfort Un do wa hee yaw doe <> PEACE ..MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY..Will the circle be unbroken...never


Valerie Edmonds posted on 1/1/00

I am so sorry for our loss. Denzil was a wonderful person and a great man. I'll always remember him as that witty old fart that hung out with my dad, Bill Lutes,during the 4-H Fair. You wouldn't see one with out the other. If they weren't working on the electrical systems they were playing pranks on some unsuspecting co-volunteer. It was their way of keeping things lively. He always kept us kids smiling when we felt overworked at the fair. You couldn't help but smile when you saw him walking your way. He may have moved on to bigger and better things, but he will never be forgotten.


Anna Ford-Voyles posted on 1/1/00

I am the grand-daughter of Floyd Ford, Denzil's brother. I was only around Denzil a handful of times in my life, but I always thought he and his wife Ruby were very good people. I was always so grateful to know that Denzil and Ruby took such good care of my great-grandfather, Arnold Ford, during his last years. I just wanted to let the family of Denzil know that I am sorry for their loss and I will be praying for them.


Elmo Cravens posted on 1/1/00

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. We know the day will come but death always leaves us with grief. I want to offer my deepest condolences.