Douglas Dean Ford, 62, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Monday, October 1, 2018, at 1:59 a.m. at his home.

Doug was born October 17, 1955, in Franklin County, Ohio to Donald Gordon and Donna Belle Shonkwiler Ford.  He was a 1974 graduate of Miami Trace High School and had lived all of his life in this community.

He had been a test mechanic at Kenworth in Chillicothe since 1975.

Doug was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church where he had served as head usher for the past 30 years.  He was a member and past president and served in all other offices of the Good Hope Lions Club where he was a Melvin Jones Fellow.  He formerly had officiated Pony League Football and coached PAL basketball.  He was a chain runner for Miami Trace football for 44 years and was recently honored for his years of service at a Miami Trace home football game.  He had served as a volunteer with the Concord-Green Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Doug is survived by his wife, the former Diana Lynn Brown whom he married June 14, 1975; three children and their spouses, Elizabeth (Betsy) and Neil Pitstick of South Solon, Christopher and Kelley Ford of Washington Court House and Bradley and Vanessa Ford of Meridian, Idaho; thirteen grandchildren, Abbygail, Madison, Emma and Natalie Pitstick, Caitlyn Ford, McKenna Evans and her husband, Justin, Kylee and Christian Rossiter, Hayden Brown, Tyler Dawn, Tanner, Trace and Trennon Ford; a brother and sister-in-law, David Michael and Brenda Ford of Washington Court House; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Diane and Ed Armentrout and Darlene and Pat Coil, all of Washington Court House; his mother-in-law, Helen Brown, of Washington Court House; sisters-in-law, Kerrell Morrow and her husband, Dale, and Valerie Stuckey and her husband, Jim, all of Leesburg, and Stacey Wilson, of Washington Court House and Mary Brown of Springfield and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral be held Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the church and Kevin Stuckey, minister at the Leesburg Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial will follow in the White Oak Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.  The Good Hope Lions Club will hold a service, which is open to the public, Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Court Street; Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160 or Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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  • John Nestor says:

    A class guy with a pure soul. Prayers for his family.

  • Karen K Webb says:

    Mike, I was saddened by your loss of Doug. May God comfort all of your family during this time. Love and prayers.

  • Wayne Holland says:

    Doug was truly one of the finest people I’ve had the pleasure to work with. His constant smile; his graciousness; his desire to always help were so distinctive of his Christian Spirit. I feel for the family as I know this must be a tremendous loss for them.

  • Donna Pitstick says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time… Nothing can lessen your pain but God. May you cherish your memories and may they give you comfort . Doug was a special person, full of kindness and God’s loving spirit.

  • Jim Eubanks says:

    Diana and family, so very sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. But he suffered long and hard, and is now in a much better place. I have always had the upmost respect for Doug and your family. He was a true example of what a father, grandfather, and friend should be.
    I intended to come for the service but thanks to my 14month old granddaughter I babysat all date Saturday, I have a terrible cold and cough. Please let us keep in touch. God Bless all of you, and the soul of Doug

  • Jamey Rich says:

    Thoughts and prayers . Doug was a very good man. He was looked up to by many. He will be sorely missed. Not sure about being able to pay my respects in person as I have obligations to tend to. But I would like to extend my condolences and symphony to Diana and the family. If you need anything let me know. I remember the comfort the Fords were to my family when my father passed away. God bless.