Elmer D. Ford
Elmer D. Ford, 86, died Friday Oct. 5, 2012, in Franklin. He was a resident of New Whiteland.
Elmer was born March 6, 1926, in Beech Grove to Alfred and Orpha (Merrill) Ford.
He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. veteran.
Elmer grew up on the west side of Indianapolis and married his grade school sweetheart, Betty King on Dec. 24, 1944, in Indianapolis; they were married for 67 years.
He was employed by Borden’s Milk and Ice Cream until he started his own Borden’s distributing company, Armstrong Milk and Ice Cream Company; retiring in 1979. He also was owner of the Get & Go Markets on the westside of Indianapolis. During his life, Elmer, served as president of the New Whiteland Town Board for 10 years. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and Greenwood American Legion Post #252. He was a Mason since 1949 in the Indianapolis Masonic Lodge #669 F&AM, then later transferred to the Whiteland Jubilee Lodge #746.
He was also a member of the Sahara Grotto since 1956. Elmer was the founder of the Westside Indianapolis Historical Society. He enjoyed spending time on the computer, bowling, golfing and boating.
Elmer and Betty spent their winters living in Key West, Fla., where he enjoyed fishing. He loved being with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Ford of New Whiteland; three children, Robert “Bob” (Helen) Ford of Indianapolis, Steve (Debbie) Ford and Scot (Darlene) Ford, both of Whiteland; four grandchildren, Julia “Dude” Ford, Rob (Meagan) Ford, Christy (Jared) Donica and April (Rickie) Cooper and three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Lily Lou Donica and Jaxon Cooper.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Ford.
A funeral service will be conducted at noon Tuesday at Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, 729 U.S. 31 North, with visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 222 S. Downey Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46219.