Dwayne ‘Hank’/‘Second Hand’ Ford

GLADSTONE – A true and gentle man passed from us. Dwayne “Hank”/”Second Hand” Ford will be remembered as a sweet husband, a loving father and a good friend.

Dwayne R. Ford, 77, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013, at his home in Gladstone.

Hank was born July 9, 1935, in Escanaba, the son of Byron and Olive (Groos) Ford and was a graduate of Holy Name School. Hank made a career in the United State Air Force, where he proudly served his country for 28 years, including a tour in Vietnam.

Hank had a favorite poem I’d like to share with you:

The Final Inspection

The soldier stood and faced God

Which always must come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as brightly as his brass.

Step forward now you soldier

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek

To my church, have you been true?

The soldier squared his shoulders

and said, “No Lord, I guess I ain’t,

Because those of us who carry guns

can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays

And at times, my talk was tough

And sometimes I’ve been violent

Because the world is awfully rough.

But I never took a penny

that wasn’t mine to keep.

Tho’ I worked a lot of overtime

when the bills got just too steep

And I never passed a cry for help

Tho’ sometimes shook with fear

And sometimes, God forgive me

I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around

Except to calm the fears.

So, if you’ve a place for me here, Lord

It needn’t be so grand.

I never expected or had too much

But if you don’t, I’ll understand.

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod.

As the soldier waited quietly

For the judgment of his God.

Step forward now, you soldier,

You’ve borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on heavens streets

You’ve done your time in hell


He is survived by his loving family which includes his loving wife, Sonja; daughters, Cheryl Bernard, Lisa Ford, Lisa Hainstock; sons, Eric Ford, Steve Rogers and Joe Rogers; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Dwayne R. “Hank” Ford will be held at the convenience of the Ford family.

The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Ford family with arrangements. Messages of condolence to the Ford family may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.