Garland Wayne Ford Jr., age 59, of Mena, Arkansas died Monday, June 19, 2017 at his home. He was born on Sunday, September 22, 1957 to Garland W. and Arrita Martin Ford in DeQueen, Arkansas.
Garland was of the Protestant faith and a United States Army veteran who was head of the motor pool during the Vietnam War. He went to computer and mechanic school and spent much of his life working as a diesel mechanic for Schuster’s Transportation in California. Garland was very outspoken and had a strong moral compass. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially spending time with his father. Garland had a knack for teaching dogs tricks with great patience. He loved NASCAR and his favorite driver was Mark Martin. Garland was incredibly proud of raising his three self sufficient children. He supported the NRA and was a member of the Houndsmen Club in California. Garland was a loving son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
Garland is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Susan Ford of Mena, Arkansas; his parents, Garland W. and Arrita Martin Ford of Mena; two sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Cathy Kitterman of Kennebunk, Maine; and Jerad and Char Ford of Mena; one daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Paul Shibata of Ukiah, California; one brother and sister-in-law, Mitchell and Becky Ford of Sonora, California; two sisters, Nancy McMilan of Oregon, and Diane Ford of California; one sister-in-law and husband, Nancy and Glen Moore of Alta Loma, Georgia; ten grandchildren, William Ford, Dale Ford, Tyler Ford, Cheyenne Ford, Meka Shibata, Justin Kitterman, Jake Kitterman, Robbie Kitterman, Kelley Kitterman, and Sophie Kitterman; one great grandchild, Aleyah Ford; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Colon Cancer Fund C/O the American Cancer Society.