September 19, 1923 ~ April 10, 2013

Homer S. Ford, Jr., 89, of Billings, MT, passed away Wed., April 10, 2013, and is now free of crippling pain. He was born Sept. 19, 1923 at Alhambra, CA, the only son of Homer S. Ford, Sr. and Ida Friend. At an early age, the family moved to Ellensburg, WA where he resided until entering the military service in 1942. Homer served 3 1/2 years with the United States Marine Corp during World War II, with oversea duty in the South Pacific.
Homer married his high school sweetheart, Mary Schell, in 1944. After an honorable discharge, he attended college at Utah State University in Logan, UT and received a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management. In June 1966, Homer accepted the position of Regional Supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Service at Portland, OR.
In 1976, Homer retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Homer and his wife, Mary, worked their small acres of fruit, cattle and other crops. Mary passed away in 1997. In 1999, Homer moved to Billings and married the former Dorothy Prill Miner. The two of them traveled until ill health kept them homebound.
Homer is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Mike (Peggy), Fred (Wendy) and Douglas (Sherry); daughter, Barbara; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret; brother-in-law, Glenn; step-son, Andrew Norstrum and his son, Nate; and step-daughter, Andrea Renee (Rob) Griffith.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother; sisters, Marie and Mary; and wife, Mary.
Cremation has taken place. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to a .
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 23, 2013