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William Ford

William Arthur Ford Jr.

Thursday, April 2nd, 1942 - Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
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Obituary

William Arthur Ford Jr.

April 2, 1942 – May 25, 2021

William “Bill” Arthur Ford, Jr., 79, of Abingdon, Md., formerly of Hollidaysburg, passed away unexpectedly on May 25, 2021, at home. Bill was born in Altoona, the son of William Arthur Ford Sr. and Helen Ruth (Snively) Ford.

On Jan. 14, 1967, he married the love of his life, Carole Jayne Riling, at the First Lutheran Church in Altoona.

Bill is survived by his son, William Ray Ford (Beth); and grandchildren: Haley Dana Ford, Hannah Jayne Ford and Matthew Robert Ford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carole; his sister, Anne Ford-Smith; and his daughter, Dana Lynne Ford.

Bill was a graduate of Hollidaysburg High School in 1960. He had a special love for music. He was a Bandsman in the United States Air Force from 1960-64, and later retired from the 28th Division Band of the Army National Guard in 1995.

In 1976, he graduated with a BA in Music Education from Penn State University. Throughout his adult life Bill taught or played music. He was a private drum teacher at Ford Music and a freelance musician for almost 40 years.

Bill also loved sports, and loved watching Penn State and Steelers football games and Pirates baseball games. He had a special affinity for history, movies, books and traveling. Bill was a member of the Air Force Musicians Association and the Penn State Alumni Association.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Friday, June 4, 2021, and will immediately be followed by a graveside service with military honors at Alto-Reste Park. In Lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Central PA Humane Society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona, PA 16602.

Arrangements are by The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park.

www.thegoodfuneralhomeinc.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 4th, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, June 4th, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    The Good Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    108 Alto Reste Park
    ALTOONA, PA 16601
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  • Service

    Friday, June 4th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, June 4th, 2021 12:00pm
    Location
    Alto-Reste Park
    Address
    109 Alto-Reste Park
    ALTOONA, PA 16601
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  • Interment

    Location
    Alto-Reste Park
    Address
    109 Alto-Reste Park
    ALTOONA, PA 16601
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Thom Geishauser

Posted at 05:11pm
My deepest sympathy for the family & friends of Bill. I had the pleasure of meeting & working with Bill in the early 80's when he & friend Murray came to workout and exercise at The Nautilus Physical Development Center - Altoona. Both of these men were GREAT people. Bill will always hold a special place in my life. God Bless you Bill and ALL of yours. Thom Geishauser
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Tom and Lisa Bradley

Posted at 03:28pm
We are so pleased our children, Meghan and Seth, were able to take percussion lessons from Bill during their years at Keith and AAHS! His tutelage helped them become great drummers in the Altoona High marching band. The "life lessons" he taught were equally important and invaluable! Bill was a kind, caring man who will always enjoy a special place in our hearts.
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With deepest sympathy, Brian and Nicole Jubb

Posted at 01:51pm
Bill was such a great guy and wonderful neighbor. We will miss him always.
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Posted at 01:40pm
Bill was a wonderful person, who was full of life. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with you during this time of sadness. Jodi & Gayle
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In loving remembrance of dear Cousin Bill.
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