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Ford, Leland “Lee” Ellis Sr. September 19, 1946 - December 28, 2023

Leland “Lee” Ellis Ford Sr., age 77, of Edinboro, died Thursday, December 28, 2023 with family by his side. He was born September 19, 1946 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the youngest child of Helen Mae (Hinds) and Charles Roland Ford. He adored his parents and looked fondly on his childhood.

Lee served in the United States Navy, where he met his wife of 46 years, Lucy Downs. He served first as a Radioman during Vietnam, followed by his service as a recruiter and statistician during the Cold War and the Persian Gulf War. He enjoyed his time in the military, seeing different places and cultures. He retired in 1994 after over 20 years of service. He also worked at the National Cash Register (NCR) for ten years, RadioShack and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. He was a proud member of the VFW Post #740 and American Legion Post #742.

Lee is survived by his wife, Lucy, darling daughters Colleen (Dave) Steadman, Heather (Jason) Spada, Judi (Matt) Farmer, Joyce (Jeffrey – deceased) Ford, Christina (Zac) Hatch; and son Leland Ford Jr. Lee is also survived by his sisters, Judy (Jerry) San Felice of Fairview, PA and Melanie Cardullo, of Arizona; and twenty-one grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Rose, brother Larry Ford, sister Joyce Hinkle, nephews Steve and Scott Hinkle, brother-in-law Russell Cardullo and nephew Christopher Cardullo. It comforts the spirit to know he is reunited with those he loved and missed so deeply.

Lee was a loving, loyal, devoted, caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, and favorite uncle. He can best be remembered by his quick wit, dry humor, and infectious smile. His baby blue eyes could light up an entire room after a silly pun or corny joke. He enjoyed watching movies, working crossword puzzles, reading, listening to music, and taking road trips with his wife. He dearly loved his cats Baby and Missy.

His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren brought him tremendous pride and joy. He truly believed they were his greatest legacy.

There will be no calling hours. The family plans a private graveside burial and Celebration of Life Gathering at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to an animal shelter or rescue.

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