Michael Henry Ford, Sr, 69, of Matteson, IL, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on July 9, 2021.
Michael was born on April 14, 1952, to Lee and Delores (Johnson) Ford Jr in Chicago, IL. After graduating from Morgan Park High School in 1969, he enlisted in the United States Navy receiving an honorable discharge in 1977. He went on to study psychology at Chicago State University.
In addition to his work as a theater set designer and head carpenter at Theater 47 in Park Forest, IL, Michael spent his time volunteering in the local community, grilling, and baking with his grandchildren.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 39 years, Monina Silvano, and their children Bernadette Ford (Brandon Smith), Ruzella (Rogell) Hamilton Jr., and Michael (Tien) Ford Jr. He is also survived by his children Steven (Michelle) Short, Darren (Teresa) Short, and Tonya (Dan) Hughes.
Michael is preceded in death by his parents Lee Jr and Delores; brothers Lee III, Cornell, and Derrick. He leaves to cherish his memories six sisters: Denise Folk, Dorcas Ford-Jones, Jessica Ford, Donna Bush, Christine Ford, and Edith Ford; two brothers, Larry (Judy), and Frederick. He will be missed by 17 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
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