John Melvin Ford of Raytown, MO, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 13, 2023, at the age of 73, surrounded by his immediate family.
John was born in Kansas City, MO, on September 4, 1949. He graduated from Raytown High School in Raytown, MO, and attended Metropolitan Community College - Maple Woods in Kansas City, MO. After college, he served in the United States Air Force overseas in the Vietnam War.
With a life-long career in sales, John became an avid golfer. He also considered himself a food connoisseur as he loved cooking on the grill and trying new restaurants wherever he traveled to. He was also a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and never missed watching a game. He will be remembered for his entertaining stories, jokes and love of family and friends.
John is preceded in death by his father, Jack Ford, mother, Helen Lacy, step-father, Leslie Lacy, and grandparents. He is survived by his loving wife of the home, Wanda Ford of Raytown, MO; children, Christina Faris (William) of Independence, MO, Michael Ford of Independence, MO, and Ruthanne Bell (John) of Gardner, KS; grandchildren, Spencer Faris, Kyle Faris, Justin Bell and Wilson Bell; 2 great grandsons; brother, David Ford (Mary); step-mother, Sally Ford, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
John’s wishes will be honored in that he wanted cremation. Services at Fort Leavenworth, KS, will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Olathe Health Charitable Foundation. Checks can be mailed to 20375 W. 151st Street, Suite 363, Olathe, KS 66061. In the memo section, please list “Hospice House”. Donations can also be made by phone at 913-355-8588.
John’s cousin ,Overland Park ,Kansas
We are thinking and praying for you all - Wanda, Christy, Michael, Dave, Mary and all your kids and grandchildren. John was a great guy with a lot of funny stories that he told over the years. He was special to all of us and he will be missed. Sending strength and love to you today, tomorrow, and the days to follow. God bless.