Master Sergeant Zeda Ford Jr. of Havre de Grace, Maryland died on January 1st, 2020. He was born in Chester, Georgia, April 10th 1925. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Pattie Francis Ford of Havre de Grace, four daughters, Cynthia Ann Carter of Tallahassee, Florida, Lynn Alleane Ford of Edgewood, Maryland, Arwenthia Maria Ford-Barnes of Baltimore, Maryland, Zena Renea Ford of Sacramento California, and one son, Karl Wesley Ford of Baltimore, Maryland. Grandchildren include Mako Mills, Idus Hartsfield, Ashley Hartsfield, Sonya Yvette Ford, Jason Aaron Barnes, Lynnci Taylor Ford-Barnes, and Kayleigh Noel Ford. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Emma Lou, Palma Lee, Howard, Ivison, Frank, and Eddie Lee.
Master Sergeant Ford enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served in France, Belgium, and England during World War II. He was involved in the logistical support of the Allied Forces D-Day Invasion of Europe. Sergeant Ford served in Greenland during the Korean War, and earned three Bronze Stars in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.
He retired from Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1970. He spent another thirty years as a civil servant for the Veterans’ Administration at Perry Point V.A. Medical Center in Perryville, Maryland.
Mr. Ford was a mechanic and life-long tinkerer who loved taking apart and putting back together anything. He loved jazz and blues, playing cards, good bourbon, bad westerns, and his family,,,,,and especially Pattie F. Ford.