Obituary of Clyde Mitchell Ford
Clyde Mitchell Ford, 85, died on the 31st of July 2019 at his home in Deland, Florida. His visitation will be held on Tuesday, 13 August from 5 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Lankford Funeral Home 220 E. New York Ave. Deland, Florida.
Clyde Ford was born on May 19, 1934 in East Tennessee to Lee and Annie Ford. He joined the United States Air Force in 1953 serving a full 21 years, specializing in radar systems and related training. He served a tour in Vietnam, earned a Bronze Star and retired as an E-7 in 1974.
He married Nancy Carolyn Ford in 1956 and raised 5 children. While serving in the Air Force he moved his family from Florida to Bermuda, California, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, Ohio and, finally retiring to Central Florida in 1974. After his retirement from the military he studied horticulture, owned a car lot and worked for many years as a successful real estate broker. Clyde was an accomplished amateur painter, skilled golfer and bowler and adept at all things mechanical, creating custom golf clubs and performing his own auto repairs for much of his life. He frequently helped others without needing to take credit and was always willing to listen.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years and 5 children: Kim, Michael, Norman, Jeff and Mitchell.To send flowers to the family of Clyde Ford, please visit Tribute Store