Homer S. Ford Jr, 89, of Billings, who had been regional supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Service in Portland, Ore., died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, after suffering crippling pain.
He was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Alhambra, Calif., the only son of Homer S. Ford Sr. and Ida Friend. When he was still young, the family moved from California to Ellensburg, Wash., where he lived until entering the military service in 1942. Mr. Ford served 3 ½ years with the Marine Corps during World War II, with overseas duty in the South Pacific.
He married Mary Schell in 1944 and after an honorable discharge received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. In June 1966 he became regional supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Service at Portland, Ore.
In 1976 he retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Mr. and Mrs. Ford raised fruit, cattle and other crops. Mrs. Ford died in 1997. In 1999 he moved to Billings and married the former Dorothy Prill Miner. They traveled until ill health kept them homebound.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; sons, Mike, Fred and Douglas; a daughter, Barbara; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret; a stepson Andrew Norstrum; son, Nate; and stepdaughter, Andrea Renee Griffith.
Inurnment will be later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.