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Robert James Ford
Robert “Bob” James Ford, 72, of Rogers, Arkansas passed away Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, surrounded by his family.
Bob was born on September 30, 1947, in Oregon City, Oregon, a son of Lindon Walton Ford and Evelyn Marie Wells Ford. He graduated Rogers High School in 1966 and joined the U.S. Air Force. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He married Joyce Claypool on August 25, 1973 in Springdale.
In 2017 Bob retired as a regional salesman for the Kanaflex Company. After retiring Bob moved back to Rogers, Arkansas where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going to car shows and Naturals Baseball and Chiefs Football games, traveling around to museums and historical sites, making new friends, swimming and playing beach volleyball in the pool at the Rogers Wellness Center. He also became a member of the Rogers Kiwanis Club. Bob had a gregarious personality. Bubbly and charismatic. He loved to entertain family and friends and was always the life of the party. He loved talking on the phone. Bob had a gentle and generous heart always willing to help others. He was a determined character; always rising up to meet any challenge head on. Bob loved kids, and kids loved him. They naturally flocked to him. He was often told he was a kid at heart. He loved playing with his grandchildren and reading them stories. He was blessed to be able to travel and spend time enjoying his grand-kids.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife Joyce.
He is survived by one son, Bryan Ford and wife Shannon of St, Johns Florida; one daughter Laura Ford-Arunakul and husband Pon of Portland, Oregon; one brother, Chris Ford and spouse Loyd Staggs of Fayetteville, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Kyle Ford, Logan Ford and Sarunya Arunakul.
Visitation will be held at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Springdale on Friday, September 11 from 5: 00pm to 7:00pm. Due to concerns of the COVID Pandemic and according to Arkansas State regulations, attendance will be limited to 125 people and all will be required to wear masks.
Graveside services will be held at the Friendship Cemetery on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. under the direction of the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Springdale. For those that cannot attend in person a link will be provided for live streaming of the service on the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home Facebook Page.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrior Project are appreciated. Please visit http://www.backstrom-pyeattte.com to sign our online guestbook.
I only just learned of Bob's passing today. I am indeed so sad to hear this. Though I only knew him a short while, he was always so full of spunk and joy, optimism and zest for life. He was learning how to cook and I was helping him with healthy ways to do that. I applauded his efforts to try. I truly will miss him and wished I had know him far longer. He made a lasting impression on how to approach life with full gusto. Rest in peace Bob. My prayers for his family.
Peggy Fowler Oct 26 2020 12:00 AM
We will certainly miss Bob and his wonderful personality and his dedication to service. Bob joined our Rogers Noon Kiwanis Club in 2019. He has been an active member and a supporter of the children in our area. We contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Sincerely, Linda Meier, President of Rogers Noon Kiwanis.
Linda Meier Sep 12 2020 12:00 AM
I was lucky enough to work with Bob and got a chance to see what a great man he was. I will miss him dearly and wanted to extend my sympathies to you and the family. Your friend, Carol Iguchi Walley
Carol Iguchi Walley Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM
Bob was great guy. He is so knowledgeable about product and market more than anybody elses in our company. He is one of my best coworkers. We travel with him many times it was not just business but he taught me lots of things. I visited him in person to learn more from him even after he retired. This is the photo when I brought him our company polo shirt at his house in Blue spring in KS. I still remember his big smile like it was yesterday. God bless Bob. Rest In Peace.
Nori oshiro Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM
My most sincere condolences to the Ford Family, Bob was a great man I worked with him for long time and I will have fond memories always, may you all find solace in the days ahead. Rip Bob
Arnulfo Castaneda Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM
Bryan, Laura you were blessed to have Joyce and Bob as your parents. Hold each memory close to your hearts. Bob was so full of life no matter how much pain he was in he did not want to stop living life. He had high praises for the both of you and he loved his grand babies. I sure am going to miss his stories of his adventures. God finished his room and took him home to be with Joyce. Life is fragile and no one knows when it's time to go home. Don't think about what could have been, think about what was and how happy you all were and will be. Bob will be watching those grand babies grow up and your memories will ensure they recall him in their memories by telling them about him and his big laugh and love for life...God Bless you two and your families.
Pete Smith Sep 9 2020 12:00 AM
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