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Ronney ‘Bear’ Ford


Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 10:38 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 11:17 a.m. CDT

Ronney G. “Bear” Ford, 65, of Creston died Feb. 3, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25. Mary O’Riley will officiate. Flag presentation will be conducted by Theodore J. Martens Creston VFW Post No. 1797. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the family. Online condolences may be left at

Ronney George Ford, son of Lorraine Lucille (Eddy) and George Audrey Ford, was born Oct. 10, 1948, in Fontanelle.

Ron graduated from Fontanelle High School and also attended SWCC for the automotive program.

Ron entered the U.S. Marine Corp Aug. 1, 1968, and served until April 26, 1974.

On Nov. 23, 1974, Ron married Diana Lynn Kingery in Creston. After marrying, they settled in Creston.

Ron worked 34 years at Wellmans Dynamics, retiring in 2011. He also did auto repair during that time.

Ron was a former member of Masons and the union at Wellmans.

Ron is survived by his wife Diana Ford of Buffalo, N.Y.; daughters, Heather (husband Scott) Pendegraft of Creston, Nicole Ford of Des Moines and Ashley Ford (significant other Matt) of Des Moines; sons, Kenny (wife Sharina) Ford of Earlham and Scott Ford of Creston; brother John (wife Kathy) Ford of Creston; sisters, Ilene Coverdell, Peggy Ford and Linda (husband Harold) Diers, all of Creston; seven grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.  

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Wyatt and Phoenix Pendegraft; and brother Jim Ford.

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