Archive for Tuesday, January 17, 1995


January 17, 1995


— Services for Merlin G. Ford, 76, Baldwin, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Baldwin, with the Rev. David Watson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin, with Masonic graveside services conducted by Palmyra Lodge No. 23.

Mr. Ford, a former Baldwin mayor, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 1995, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

He was born April 18, 1918, in Cameron, Mo., the son of Tyrel and Abby Mae Groebe Ford. He grew up on a farm and attended school in Wellsville, graduating in 1936.

He began delivering groceries for Shinkle's Grocery in the late 1930s. During World War II, he worked for the Hercules Powder Plant at Sunflower and in Radford, Va. After the war, he worked for Daugherty's Grocery, the Farmer's Union in West Baldwin and Booth's IGA. In 1951, he purchased the IGA in Baldwin. He sold the IGA and retired from the grocery business in 1983.

He was mayor of Baldwin from 1981 to 1985. He had also been a member of the city council.

He was a member and officer in the Palmyra Masonic Lodge and Evangeline Chapter No. 162 of the Order of Eastern Star. Other memberships include the Baldwin Rotary Club, where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award; Baldwin Commercial Club; and First United Methodist Church of Baldwin, where he was involved in many boards and groups. He was also involved in other community organizations.

He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, house advisor for the Kansas Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon and honorary alumnus of Baker University.

He was married to Violet Blossom on Dec. 11, 1938, in Ottawa. She died Oct. 17, 1991.

Survivors include two sons, William, Shady Cove, Ore., and Robert, Americus; a daughter, Linda Ballinger, Raytown, Mo.; a sister, Betty Larson, Lawrence; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Baldwin. Eastern Star services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin, with family visitation following the service.

The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Baldwin, Palmyra Lodge No. 23 or Evangeline Chapter No. 162. Memorials may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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