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Norman "Bud" Ford


Norman "Bud" Ford, 81, of Tipton, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on Sunday evening, Sept. 16, 2018, in his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, with the Rev. Ronald Lashmit and Phil Petersen officiating. Burial will follow in the Tipton Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Derick Crock, Josh Christ, Dave Helmold, Art Pronk, Dennis Ford and Dean Ford. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Fry's. Should friends so desire, a memorial fund has been established in his memory to the Tipton School Fine Arts Council. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Norman was born Dec. 28, 1936, in Rochester Township, Cedar County, Iowa. He was the son of Norman Lewis and Mary Christian Ford. Norman was united in marriage to Janet Catherine Inks on March 5, 1961, in Mechanicsville, Iowa. He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve for six years and was honorably discharged on Sept. 30, 1964.
Norman was a farmer all of his life. His day began with work and usually ended with work. A wise man once said that "if you love what you do you'll never work a day in your life," and so it was with Norman. Norman was a member of the First United Church of Christ, the Loyal Order of the Moose, Elks Club of Muscatine, and served as a director on the board of the Cedar County Co-op for nine years.
Norman is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet Ford; and their two sons, Nolan and wife, Julie Ford, and Neil Ford, all of Tipton; his grandchildren, Riley, Zachary and Britney Ford; his brother, Dwain and wife, Ev Ford of Tipton; his sister, Grace E. Ford of Cedar Rapids; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Thank you to the Cedar County Sheriff's Department and the Tipton Ambulance and those who responded to save his life.