John R. Ford

Sep 14 1940
Jun 18 2018
77 Years

John R. Ford, 77, of Parkesburg, passed away on June 18, 2018, at the Neighborhood Hospice Center in West Chester.  He was the loving husband of Gloria Spengler Ford with whom he was married for 57 years.  

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Henrietta Ella Reynolds and Ralph Ford.  An area resident, he attended Scott High School and was employed by Andrew F. Cigas Machine Shop of Coatesville, in Shipping and Receiving.  He was a member of the Keystone Valley Fire Co., formerly known as Parkesburg Fire Co., and the former Brandywine Fire Co.  He loved to garden, enjoyed all family activities which was anything the children or grandchildren were involved in.  

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Sherri Dorsheimer and husband Steve of Honey Brook, Tina Parker of Gap, John R. Ford, Jr. and wife Sakina of Land-O-Lakes, Florida and five grandchildren, Julia and Natalie Dorsheimer, Cathryn Ford,  Anissa and Joshua Ford and his wife Katie.  He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Richards, and stepsister, Victoria Zelesnick and half-brother, Paul Ford.  Preceded in death by his siblings, Ruth Harvey and Jerry Ford.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main Street, Parkesburg, PA, followed by interment at Limeville United Methodist Cemetery.  Friends and family are invited to attend the viewing from 9 to 11 AM. 

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Neighborhood Hospice or to the Keystone Valley Fire Company, 321 W. First Ave., Parkesburg, PA 19365.

Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Jun 22 2018 - 11:00am


John, Sakina, kids and the rest of the FOrd family,  You all are in my thoughts and prayers as you face this tough time toghter.

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Gloria and Family.  Your dad and husband was a very special way.  He loved you all so much.  He was a great friend that we will miss a lot.  For 42 years we have been friends and he was always there for us as he was for all of you.  We have great memories that no one can ever take away.  Our prayers and thoughts  are with you all.  Sorry we can not be there on Fri. But know our thoughts are there.  God bless

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I knew John by way of his lovely daughter (Sherri Dorsheimer, who is married to my best friend Steve).  In all my travels, it is rare to come across such a down home and compassionate man.  He loved his community (especially the Keystone Valley Fire Company) but more importantly his deeply loved his wife and his wonderful family.  I remember so clearly doing various 5K's for charity and there was John, providing support and cheering us all to the finish line.  I can honesty say, my life was enriched because of John Ford.  If I am fortunate to make it to the other side, I surely hope he will be waiting and sharing his smile and eager to show me the ropes.  Bless you John and don't worry, we will take care of your lovely bride Gloria!!!!!!!

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Sympathy and prayers extended to the Ford Family in the loss of their loved one.  John was a friendly neighbor toward our parents the late  William & Clara Harris and their late son-in-law Gary Miller.   He was friendly and always engaged in conversation, regardless of the topic.  John always  kept his property in tip-top shape and enjoyed maintaining it as such.  We are sure he will be missed by neighbors on Main Street and the adjacent  areas.

Sorrowfully submitted: Chotty Harris-Miller (wife of Gary) and the Harris Family

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Main Street will not be the same without John.  You could always count on his smiling face and his friendly personality.  He will be greatly missed.

With sincere sympathy, Ed and Peggy Smith


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My condolences in the loss of John. He was a great person as well as a great cousin to my brother Bill. They were good friends and my brother looked up to John, loved him like a brother. Rest in eternal peace my dear cousin,  please look after each other.and may you both RIP.




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I worked with John for many many years, he was a pleasure to work with, always positive and upbeat. My sincere sympathy to the family.

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