MAYSVILLE — Osborne Lloyd Ford, 94, of Maysville, passed away on July 17, 2018, at the Maysville Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.
Obbie or O.L. as he was called, was born in Germantown, to the late Judith Lloyd Ford and John Stark Ford on Feb. 24, 1924.
The second of two sons, he spent his early years in and around Cave City and almost every summer with his brother, the late John S. Ford, at his grandparents’ farm where he helped his grandfather farm.
When he turned 18 in February of 1942, he left Corbin High School to join the U. S. Marines. He was assigned to the Pacific Theater with 4th Marine Division, 14th Marine Regiment with his older brother John S. His tour of duty took him through the Marshall Islands campaign, the battles for Saipan and Tinian, and finally to the battle of Iwo Jima.
In 1945, at the end of the war, he was honorably discharged, returning to Germantown in early November. He met his wife, the late Mary McCarthy Ford at the Maysville VFW Hall and were married on April 24, 1946. Together, they raised six children.
O.L. worked for the Maysville Water Company, Black River Mine and CSX. He was a fixture at the tobacco warehouses. Obbie was also active with the Germantown Fair and for many years sat on the Fair Board. He was also associated with the Germantown Christian Church, the Maysville Church of Christ and the Maysville Rotary Club.
In his retirement years, his woodworking hobby took on a life of its own and Obbie became well known for his abilities to repair furniture and beautifully refinish even some of the worst looking pieces of furniture. He particularly enjoyed working on tables and pie safes. He often found unique pieces of furniture that he would work on intending to sell but his wife wouldn’t let them out of the house.
Obbie was known around Maysville and Mason County for his quick wit, sense of humor, and loyalty to friends and family.
Besides his parents, brother, and wife of 60 years, Obbie was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dan and Gussie Lloyd and his son, John Allen Ford.
Obbie is survived by his daughter, Katherine (Bill) Ford Story; and his sons O.L. “Buddy” (Christina) Ford Jr., Michael T. Ford, James F. Ford and Robert (Steven) Ford; many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered by his many friends on Second Street and in Germantown.
Services will be held at 4 p.m., Friday July 20, 2018, at Brell and Son Funeral home with interment at St. Patrick Cemetery, immediately after the service.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Patrick High School or the Marine Corps Foundation.
Condolences at www.brellandson.com.