Dana LeRoy Ford passed away at his home on June 3rd 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born to the union of Reverend LeRoy and Ora Lee Ford March 19, 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri. Both parents and three siblings Juanita Woods, Reggie Ford, and LeRon Ford preceded him in death.
Dana attended and was baptized at an early age at Fellowship Baptist Church, in his educational years he attended Manual High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He went onto work in the construction field for over fifty years working for various companies along the way including owning his own business until he retired in 2016 due to health complications. When not working Dana participated in numerous activities, he was well known and had a love for bowling and was a member of the United States Bowling Congress accomplishing three perfect (300) games in his bowling career. When it came to Dominoes, Card Playing, Checkers, and Crap Shooting, he always looked for a challenge. Another passion of his was rebuilding and racing old school cars making them into hotrods, his mechanic skills were like no other.
Dana was a salvage and rummage type of person always looking for the bargain deal going to places like Swap N Shop and any yard or garage sale he could find while riding around the city in his truck. Swap N Shop was his favorite place to go on the weekends to buy things for his projects or most of the time he was going to sell items. He had a true green thumb when it came to yard work, his specialty was rose bushes and elephant ears. Over the years he always managed to work on improving his home by doing the work himself. When it came to sports Boxing was a must watch for him along with a house full of family and friends. He was never one to cheer for the home team and always wanted the underdog to create discussions on who the better team was creating an uproar. He was able to take his first official plane ride to Las Vegas in March of 2014, he was one that always wanted to drive when traveling and never wanted to get on a plane but once he did he felt it was one of the best experiences he ever had and wanted to be the co-pilot.
Dana was the person who never met a stranger, in the 1960's he encountered Catherine Wright, one day he pulled her by the ponytail while kissing her on the cheek and told her that he was going to marry her one day. Upon returning home to Kansas City in April 1971 he reunited with Catherine and became her best friend. March 18, 1974 they were married in the living room of his childhood home by his father Reverend LeRoy Ford with family and friends present. Dana and Catherine embraced 47 years of marriage enjoying all encounters together as one, you didn't see one without the other which was a union surrounded by lots of love, commitment, and fellowship.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 47 years: Catherine Ford; son: LeRon D.Ford; stepsons: Steven Thierry and Dana Wright all of Kansas City, Missouri; daughters: Shawn Smith of Katy, Texas, Ranasha Ford, Reeva Ford, and Raneshia Ford of Kansas City, Missouri; brother Omar Adul Hakeem; sisters: Theresa Willis (John), Dollie Ford, Shelia Tobay all of Kansas City, Missouri and Betty Fields (Harvey) of Olathe, Kansas and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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