Bob Gene Ford of Chelsea, age 86, passed away peacefully with his family Thursday, June 11, 2020. He was born August 7, 1933, in Caraway, Arkansas, the son of Bill and Kathryn (Staples) Ford.
 
Bob served in the US Army, in Germany, from 1953-1955. He worked at General Motors Hydromatic. Bob did Intarsha (woodworking with different colors of wood). Bob loved growing cacti and watching John Wayne movies. He liked to feed the birds, gardening, and most of all, spending time with his family.
 
 
He married Babette J. Batchelor in Ann Arbor on October 10, 1981, and she survives. Other survivors include four daughters, Betty Ford of Saline, Joyce (Larry) Kaas of Dexter, Anna Sakcriska of Kansas, Mariette Purslow of Chelsea; one sister, Shirley Judy of Ann Arbor; 7 grandchildren, Michelle, Melissa, Matthew, Christina, Daniel, Carrie, and Amy; 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Ford.
 
The family will receive friends on Monday, June 15, at Cole Funeral Chapel. Due to Covid restrictions, please call the funeral home at 734-475-1551 to schedule a time to pay your respects. A private burial will take place Tuesday, June 16, at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice.