Willard J. Ford, 77, Bethlehem Steel crane operator, father of three, enjoyed tinkering

By on February 1, 2017

Willard J. Ford, 77, of Ephrata, passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at The Gardens at Stevens.

He was born in Baltimore to the late Willard and Eleanor (Roth) Ford, and was the husband of Patricia M. (Butler) Ford.

Willard was a crane operator for Bethlehem Steel at the Sparrows Point Plant. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage.

In addition to his wife, Willard is survived by three sons: Andrew S. Ford of Baltimore; W. John Ford III of Ephrata; Jeffrey T. Ford of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren: Andrew, Jeffrey, Corey, and Alexandra; and a brother: Raymond R. Ford of Baltimore.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother: Brian M. Ford.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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