Albertus Ford enjoyed vacations to visit family
Funeral services for Albertus Ford, 83, of Mobridge, were held Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Cornerstone Community Church in Mobridge.
Burial will be Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 3 p.m., MDT, at Black Hills National Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Albertus passed away Friday, May, 24 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Albertus Roy Ford was born Nov. 22, 1929, on the family farm south of Herreid to Eugene and Emma (Rische) Ford. He grew up on the farm helping his dad.
Albertus married Eileen Mayer on Sept. 9, 1951.
He entered the U.S. Army on Oct. 18, 1951. He served his country in the Korean Conflict in the Army 3rd Armed Division and was honorably discharged on Oct. 17, 1953. He also spent six months in the U.S. Army Reserves upon his return.
Following his return, Albertus and Eileen farmed south of Herreid until 1957 when they moved to Mobridge. He worked for eight years for Coca-Cola before beginning a 22-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. After the Postal Service he worked for West Side Meats for a number of years. He was always busy doing carpentry jobs and also did lawn care at Mobridge Family Practice Clinic for years.
Albertus enjoyed working with wood, whether it was tearing apart pallets, building things or crafts. He also enjoyed his family vacations that they would go on every summer, visiting his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-granddaughter. He collected antiques, coins and stamps. He was an avid Coca-Cola drinker and collector. He loved watching the Minnesota Twins play. He was a member of the VFW and served on the board at the Mobridge Senior Citizens Center. He also had several outdoor cats over the years; the last one was named “The Boss.” He was a Sunday school teacher and served as a Trustee and Ordained Deacon for the church he loved, the Cornerstone Community Church. He had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and loved to share with everyone.
Albertus is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eileen of Mobridge; nine children, Mavis (Vern) Fritz of Mobridge, Nancy (Eugene) Brockel of Mobridge, Steven (Cindy) Ford of Miller, Bobbie (Dwight) Baumann of Mobridge, Lori (Dean) Carmichael of Thompson Falls, Mont., Todd (Lesley) Ford of Chandler, Ariz., Stephanie (Steven) Tolkinen of Cottage Grove, Minn., Kristi (Jayde) Schott of Aberdeen and Theodore Ford of Mobridge; grandchildren, Dawn (Eric) Van Dusen, Jeannine Heil, Brad Brockel, Brett Brockel, Shon (Jessie) Ford, Nathan (Val) Ford, Elias (Angie) Ford, Jordan Baumann, Jessica Baumann, Jennifer Carmichael, Truett (Jennie) Carmichael, Caleb Carmichael, Marcie (Ryan) Miller, MacKenzie Ford, Mason Ford, John Tolkinen, Erin Tolkinen, Bailey Schott, Lauren Schott, Landon Schott and Jonah Ford; 13 great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; two brothers, Milton (Alice) Ford of Aberdeen and Lester (Clara) Ford of Dixon, Iowa; sister, Lavina Iverson of Ellendale, N.D.; sisters-in-law, Ida Ford of Watertown, DeLila (Mike) Bezenek of Mobridge and Deb (Randy) Smith of Sioux Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Emma Ford; parents-in-law, Ted and Dorothy Mayer; brothers, Erwin (Donna) Ford and Orville Ford; sister, Elvera (Elmer) Seibel; brother-in-law, Lawrence Iverson; and a grandson, Logan Schott.