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“Thinking of "The Fonz" today. Miss him! ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: Larry Langemo - Bismarck, ND

“Mary and sons-Just heard of Jerry's passing. So very sorry! He was a great guy. Sincerely, Arnie Drendel VCSC '71 ”
2 of 29 | Posted by: Arnie Drendel - Clinton, MO

“Ford Family, You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I remember Mr. Ford with great respect. I very much enjoyed learning from him during my years...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Andrea Richman (Welton) - Manson, IA

“Mary and family, I was so sad to hear about Jerry. I read the comments and watched the tribute. Jerry touched so many lives and they are...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Alyce Welder - Lake City, FL

“our deepest sympathy at Jerry's passing. He was a friend thru independant basketball at Hunter where he played with us while teaching at Hope. I...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: linda and larry ottesen - ND

“Our hearts are breaking for you, Mary and family, as we learned of Jerry's passing. He was always the "picture of health", and I enjoyed visiting...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Sue (Kalbus) German - Oakes, ND

“I'm sorry to learn of Jerry's passing. I have good memories of Jerry from our high school years. My deepest condolences to Mary Ann and Jerry's...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: David Nilles - HS Classmate

“My deepest sympathy to Mary and family. Jerry was a great guy to work with; always very upbeat, kind, and caring. He loved his job. He was a very...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Linda Schroeder - Arthur, ND

“It was my pleasure to coach Jerry at VCSU. Jerry was truely a great person to coach and a great teammate. He will be missed by many people...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: JERRY PEDERSON - Park Rapids, MN

“Hi Mary Ann just found out of Jerrys passing. I due not know what words to say to you and your family. I just hope that you and your family will be...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Stephen English - Chandler, AZ

“I met Jerry & Mary when we arrived at Lisbon the same school year (74/75) . We coached Bronco BB together for three years. One of the world's nicest...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Larry Langemo - Bismarck, ND

“I am saddened to learn of Jerry's passing. I got to know him well when I was principal at Sheldon and Gwinner, and superintendent at Leonard. He...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Steve Sedlmayr - Nelson, WI

“You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jerry was a kind and thoughtful guy, a blessing to all. ”
13 of 29 | Posted by: Pamela & Keith Hoistad - Lisbon, ND

“Prayers to family and Friends. I met Jerry while he was in the hospital. He was a very friendly man who was always polite no matter how he was...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Katera Bakke - Fargo, ND

“Jerry was what I call a big man's guard. We all loved him. He never hesitated to get the ball in the hands of anyone who had a shot opportunity...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: DelRay Kessler - Fargo, ND

“In the game of life..Jerry was a true champion. ”
16 of 29 | Posted by: Chuck bartholomay - Bismarck, ND

“My condolences to the Ford family. I used to babysit Scott and Ben during summer weekends at Lake Crystal. I remember Jerry as being kind and...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Chris Hetland-Brossard - Naples, FL

“Jerry was a good man, who respected by all. ”
18 of 29 | Posted by: Bill Popp - Milnor, ND - Friend

“Thoughts and Prayer. Jerry was an amazing man and will be missed by many. ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Kelly Seelye Johanson

“Our thoughts and prays are with the Ford Family. Jerry was a wonderfully kind man with a quiet strength that touched everyone that knew him. We have...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Bob and Tammy Askew - West Fargo, ND

“Just heard the news and I want to say that we lost a real gentleman. Such a genuine person and a man who carried himself with dignity and class on...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Bruce Stein - Hankinson, ND

“My condolences go out to the Ford family. Just know you are all in my thoughts and prayers!! My heart breaks for each and everyone of you. I pray God...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Garett Wiltse - Liberal , KS

“Jerry Ford just lived a couple of blocks from my childhood home, and he was my 7th or maybe it was 8th grade science teacher. We didn't know each...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Donna Lemer - Valley City, ND

“Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. Jerry was so thoughtful to check in every so often to see how it was going when I was teaching in the middle...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Cindy Haberstroh - WI

“My heart aches for the Ford family! May god guide you through this difficult time. Mr. Ford was a wonderful teacher and person that taught so many...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Amber Ussatis Aberle - ND

“My deepest sympathy to Mary and the family on the passing of Mr. Ford. I have fond memories of when he was my teacher in the middle school and in...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Whitney Roach Engbrecht - MN

“Deepest sympathies from us. He was a legend in the Lisbon School System. Prayers for all of you. Dale, Rita, & Dustin Haugen ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Dale & Rita Haugen - Lisbon, ND

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mary, Scott, Tara, Ben and Tina. God has a special place in heaven for Jerry and Jerry will always hold a...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Kris and Chuck Long - Lisbon, ND

“Jerry was one of the nicest,most caring,people and teacher that I have ever known. My kids all liked him so much and it was fun being at all the...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Rita Krchnavy - Fort Ransom, ND


Jerry Morgan Ford, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at home under Hospice care with family by his side.

Jerry was born the 3rd child of Morgan and Arlene (Deitze) Ford on March 3rd, 1950. Jerry grew up and attended school in Amenia, North Dakota. At an early age, his dad put up a basketball hoop in the park on a dirt clearing. His love of basketball began there and never ended. In the fall of 1966 the Amenia school closed and Jerry finished high school in the newly restructured Central Cass School at Casselton. In 1968 the Central Cass Squirrels won the Class B State Tournament with Jerry as their point guard. It was one of the high lights of his life. He went on to play basketball at Valley City State College and was a player on the Hall of Fame teams of 1969-70 and 1970-71. He continued to play amateur basketball for many years, earning MVP honors at the State Tournament multiple times. Jerry also extended his love of the game by officiating boys and girls basketball for 35 years. Next to his family, basketball was the great love of his life.

Jerry taught science and touched the lives of many students. His dedication to details and facts made science a perfect fit. He taught school and coached basketball two years in Hope, North Dakota and then moved to Lisbon, where he remained until he retired in 2005. His love of the Broncos and the community was strong and unwavering.

During his Junior year in high school he met and later in college, married his best friend and soul mate, Mary Ann Kasowski. He celebrated his 42nd wedding anniversary shortly before he died. Two sons, Scott and Benjamin, grew up and graduated from high school in Lisbon. Jerry's favorite moments were watching Scott play basketball and Ben run cross country. Later, he spent hours entertaining and playing with his four grandchildren, who became so very important to him.

After his family and basketball, his next great passion was his lake cabin on Crystal Lake near Pelican Rapids, MN. It was here that he rejuvenated after each whirlwind year of teaching and officiating. He taught his sons and grandchildren to swim, ski, fish and enjoy the wonders of nature. There was never a sunset that he didn't love.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, Scott (Tara), Fargo and Benjamin (Tina), Grand Forks, ND; four grandchildren, Taylor, Ethan, Carter and Kamrynn; two siblings, Dona (Roger) Idso, Goodyear, AZ and Allyn (LeAnn), St. Cloud, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation: Monday, July 8, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at West Funeral Home, West Fargo.

Funeral: Tuesday at 10:30 AM at West Funeral Home Chapel with reception to follow.

Final Resting Place: Casselton Cemetery.

Online: westfuneralhome.com

Click on the link below to view the video tribute:
VIDEO TRIBUTE

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Roger Maris Cancer Center, Fargo.

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