Howard Franklin Ford

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Dr. Howard Franklin Ford

Born February 6, 1941 in Trinidad, Colorado passed away August 14, 2014, at his home, in Aurora, Colorado at the age of 73.

Howard was an amazing husband, father, father-in-law, brother, and uncle. Howard married Milet ‘Jean’ Genetti in Monterey, California on June 24, 1967. Howard and Jean shared 43 wonderful years of marriage together. Howard graduated from Centennial High School in Pueblo, Colorado in 1959. He attended Pueblo College for 2 years at which time he applied for Dental School. Howard was accepted in to and attended the University of Oregon Dental School in Portland, Oregon. He graduated in June of 1965 with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree. That same year, in August, Howard enlisted in the United States Army. He served our Country in Korea and was then stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey, California (which is where he met Jean). Howard was honorably discharged as a Captain from the United States Army in 1971. Howard and Jean moved from California to Colorado in August of 1967. After moving back to Colorado, Howard started his dental practice in Aurora. Howard retired in 1996 after practicing dentistry for 31 years.

Howard and Jean raised two children together. Brian Howard Ford was born in Wheatridge, CO on January 15, 1970. On August 30, 1972, in Denver, CO, Howard and Jean welcomed Anne Emilie Ford. Howard was very involved with his children and their extracurricular activities. On August 4, 2012, Howard was over-joyed with happiness as he ‘gave his daughter away’ in marriage to Chet Michael Beschorner. Howard was a wonderful father and father-in-law; he was truly an amazing, genuine, one-of-a-kind man.

Howard enjoyed antiques, art, traveling, plays, and history. Howard had a great love for antiques; he had an ‘eye’ for the treasures and enjoyed the search! Howard was skilled at refinishing antique furniture and had an antique booth that he thoroughly enjoyed. Howard was also an avid golfer and was passionate about the game. While residing at Heritage Eagle Bend, Howard joined a billiards group and was becoming quite a shark. He was also very involved with his church, Eastern Hills Community Church. Howard volunteered for many organizations after his retirement. He enjoyed his time with: The Denver Dumb Friends League, the Wildlife Experience, Hawkquest, and the Denver Aquarium. He also collected toys all year long to donate at Christmas for the Toys-for-Tots program. Howard enjoyed his house in Heritage Eagle Bend and the time he spent with family and friends.


Howard is survived by: Son, Brian, of Scottsdale, AZ. Daughter Anne Ford-Beschorner, and Son-in-Law, Chet Beschorner, of Parker, CO. Sister-in-Law, Rita Calvin, and Brother-in-Law, Don Calvin, of Alexandria, VA. Nieces, Catherine Calvin, of Washington D.C., and Christina Calvin, of Houston, TX. Cousins Mary (Ron) McPheeters, of Pueblo, CO, and Roberta (Harvey) Guest, of Palisade, CO, and Barbara Wattenberg, of Henderson, CO.

Howard was preceded in death by his Wife, Milet Jean (Genetti) Ford. Parents, Frank and Thelma (McClain) Ford. Brother, Neil Lee Ford.

Services for Howard will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery on August 22, 2014 at 12:15 (staging area "C"), where he will be laid to rest with Military Honors. Following the services, Howard’s Life will be celebrated at a 'Gathering of Friends' on August 22, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Heritage Eagle Bend Club House in the Humboldt Room. 23155 E. Heritage Parkway, Aurora, CO 80016.


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  1. Brian and Anne…I only met your father a few times during Parker Huskies Baseball (and maybe Jr. High Football, but my memory is fading!).  I know that he set the bar HIGH when it came to living a full life and I know that both of you will strive with every ounce of your being to reach that same level of "living life to its fullest".  While there may a void in your life now, as time goes by, that void will be filled with countless number of tremendously vivid memories of both happiness and joy that all of you shared over the years. Thoughts and Prayers to the both of you and the rest of the family.

  2. Brian and Anne,

    What an amazing man!  Life is all about the relationships one builds and you both had such a marvelous one with both your mother and father.  As a mom myself, I promise that even death cannot change that love and devotion. Daily contact is gone, but they are forever in your hearts and the memories and joy you gave each other will help to carry you until you get to embrace once again. YOU are the hearts that beat outside their chests!!!! Love you both so very much!!  Praying for you!

  3. Brian and Anne,

    I was so sorry to hear about your loss.  I have known your dad for many years and he was an amazing man. I will miss having him beat me up on the golf course!  You are in our thoughts and prayers.


  4. Anne and Brian,

    We met your family when we moved to Parker in the mid 1970s.  Having children the same age, we got to know your parents through school.  And we got to know you two because Jennifer and Melanie were your ages.  we have fond memories of your Mom being the Brownie leader and of course your Dad was our dentist.  We are so saddened that they are both gone now. They were wonderful people.  Cherish those good memories of your parents.  Our hearts go out to you.

    Helen & Preston Jones

  5. I will remember Howard for being kind, gentle, caring and the love for his family. He will also be remembered for his love for the game of golf. I had the pleasure of golfing with him on a few occasions and that's where I got to know him best. He will be missed and I will forever remember golfing with him, Ann and Chet and watching a father on the golf course with daughter and son-in-law and how much laughter we shared! He will be missed by many. God Bless him and his family.

  6. My sincere condolences to the family of Howard Ford. My thoughts are with you during this most difficult time. Thank you Ann, for letting me know.

    I am so grateful to have known Howard. He was a good, kind, and special human who left a better path behind himself. Howard loved his family. He touched many in his life with his volunteering and positiveness. His life is one to be celebrated. An example.

    The earth needs more like Howard.

    . . . Howard, I know Mr. Moo was waiting for you 🙂

    I will miss you both so very much!

    Your friend,

    Terry Ball

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