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Kenneth Bowen Ford
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1917
Death: Mar. 1, 2007

The son of Natalia Wellborn Ford (Granny) and Henry Harrison Ford (Gong Gong). The love of his life and dedicated wife for 65 wonderful years, Jane Lee Stroud Ford, passed away on November 20, 2006. Kenny, as he was known to his friends, and Grandad or Beaver ("the Beve") as he was affectionately known to his 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Dr. Kenneth Ford, Jr. and Jaunea of Houston, and their children: Bo Ford, Aimee Byrd, Casey Ford, and Katie Stiles; daughter and son-in-law Janie and James Slack of Lufkin, and their children: Shannon Hofmann, Jessica Nester, and Cameron Slack; daughter and son-in law Sally and Terry Kelley of Dallas, and their children: Scott Kelley, Allison Murphy, and Sarah Jones; daughter Blake Ford of Houston, and her children Trey, Ford, Lee, and Amanda Santa Maria. Kenny was predeceased by his brothers, Henry (Harry) Harrison Ford, Jr. and Frank Goss Ford, and is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Thomas (Tom) Wellborn Ford and Pete Ford of Houston, sisters-in-law Blake Sparenberg of Austin and Mary Stroud of St. Louis, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He earned his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering in 1940 from UT Austin where he was a proud member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and a prestigious service organization, the Texas Cowboys. As a leading member of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation", he joined the Navy in 1944 and served in the Pacific during World War II. He was employed by the international oil and gas consulting firm J.R. Butler and Company the day it was formed in 1948. This firm became Miller and Lents, Ltd. He remained active with this organization for over 50 years, and served as President and Director from 1970 until 1987. Other than Jane, his loves were golf and study of the Bible. He was a charter member and past chairman of St. Luke's United Methodist Church where he enjoyed using his vast knowledge to teach the Men's Bible Class. Jane and Kenny joined First United Methodist Church in 1998. Dad was extremely proud to have his family present in Austin when he was honored as a "Distinguished Graduate" from the UT College of Engineering. To further verify his leadership, knowledge and professional respect, Kenny was chosen as one of only six men for membership on the Board of Arbitration for Prudhoe Bay Oil Field, Alaska, the largest oil field in the United States. Our Dad loved golfing with friends at his home course, the Houston Country Club. Certainly he had dreams of sinking that last putt to win at St. Andrews or Augusta, but nothing topped his passion for sports more than the Texas Longhorns. Years before Mack Brown made it "cool" to wear burnt orange; Dad would always be decked out in his unusual version of UT colors and was well known for his orange pants. Even when they deserved it, Kenny's children rarely (if ever) heard him raise his voice and never utter a curse word. He was extremely well regarded by friends and business associates for his honesty, integrity, and ability to treat everyone with respect. It was truly a blessing for all his family to have such a gentle, loving and generous role model. His beautiful and somewhat mischievous wife, Jane, loved to dress this exceptionally conservative man in brightly colored and frequently non matching golfing clothes. We would all chuckle and tell him how great he looked - he smiled and always fell for it - he was color blind. 
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  Jane Lee Stroud Ford (1919 - 2006)*
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Body donated to medical science
Specifically: Donated to the University of Texas Science Center
Maintained by: Jane Slack
Originally Created by: GW
Record added: Mar 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18264918
Kenneth Bowen Ford
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Kenneth Bowen Ford
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Rest in peace.
- Joyce {GW}
 Added: Mar. 6, 2007

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