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Edward Eugene “Bud” Ford, 79, of Milan, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at his home.

Bud was born on November 6, 1942 in Scottsville, Missouri to Joseph and Lena (Fanning) Ford.

On October, 26, 1971 he married Betty Craig in Kirksville, Missouri. She preceded him in death on November 22, 1994. Also preceding him were his parents and a sister Alice Head.

Survivors include one son, Allen Ford of Milan, two step sons; Coy Gene Hill of Green City, Missouri, and Cary Hill of Kirksville, one step daughter; Julie Ayers (Philip) of Kirksville, one sister; Sharon Ford of Unionville, Missouri, one niece Pam Thomas of Bucklin, Missouri, grandchildren; Marty Ayers (Alison), Kelly Easley (Brian), Samantha Worley (Kenneth), Lindsay Hill, Kim Ayers and Jessica Hobbs (Luke) and several great grandchildren.

Bud spent most of his life in the Browning – Reger area. After high school he joined the US Army before coming back to work at Stampers, Banquet and Con Agra for many years. He lived several years in Sedalia and Kansas City where he was a member of Teamsters Local 41 and 534 before retiring and moving back to live and work on the farm. Bud loved to hunt and fish and was a gun enthusiast. He was a supporter of the Ducks Unlimited and a member of the NRA. He enjoyed listening to country music, watching the Kansas City Chiefs and Nascar. He was a member of the Church of God in Reger and a proud member of the American Legion Post 228. Bud often hung out at the rock quarry but most of all loved spending time with his friends and family.

Funeral services for Bud were held Saturday, February, 19, 2022 at Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan, Missouri with Eugene Waldrop officiating. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10:00AM. Honorary Pallbearers were: Adrian Clark, Pat Swan, Kenny Broyles, Kenny DeRyke, Jerry Eddy, Kevin Alexander, and B.J. Ferrell.

Inurnment will take place at a later date at Schrock Cemetery south of Reger, Missouri.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Schrock Cemetery.