Larry Ford

Larry Ford

URBANA – Larry Alexander Ford, 56, of Urbana died on Wednesday (Jan. 2, 2013) after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the funeral home, with Pastor Gary Gritton of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana.

Larry was born Nov. 12, 1956, in Urbana. He married Jeanette Treat on June 5, 1982.

Survivors include his wife; three grandchildren, Paige Johnson (20), Dalton Walsh (16) and Rylee Walsh (11) of St. Joseph; his sister, Kathy Porter (Dave) of Atlanta, Ga.; and his brother, Mark Ford (Susie) of Louisville, Ky.

Larry was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy, and sister, Barbara.

Larry was an operating engineer for Local 841, and a member of VFW Post 630.

Larry took great pride in being a husband, father and grandfather. He treasured each moment he spent with his grandchildren. Whether he was teaching them how to water-ski, bait a hook or drive the boat, he exhibited great patience and unconditional love.

Larry, and his wife Jeanette, attended their grandchildren's games and events whenever possible, proudly sporting the Spartan colors and logo.

Larry embraced life, spending every weekend at the lake, boating, camping and fishing. He was an avid hunter, and excellent in the kitchen, introducing his children and grandchildren to many new delicacies.

Larry adored his wife, the love of his life, Jeanette. They made the most of their time together, riding his Harley, relaxing at the lake, and spending time with family and friends. On warm summer nights, when they weren't at the lake, you could find them lounging on their front porch, telling stories and laughing with friends.

Although devastated by the recent loss of his daughter, Larry actively worked to help honor her memory through a scholarship fund established by the family.

Larry will be missed by many, his death leaving a huge void in the hearts of all those he touched. His impact on the lives of those he loved is immeasurable; the legacy he leaves behind unmistakable. He will always be remembered and forever honored.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Tammy Walsh Scholarship and Memorial Fund or to the trust fund set up at Gifford State Bank, 107 W. Warren, St. Joseph, IL 61873.

Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.