Jaryd Ford

Jaryd Ford

 Jaryd Ford age 21 passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

He was born November 2, 1992 in Plainwell to Richard and Christine (Tungate) Ford.

Jaryd was a 2011 graduate of Martin High School where he played football and was on the wrestling team. He was a member of Teens On a Mission and was committed to Michigan Special Olympics where he was a certified coach. Jaryd was an avid hunter who enjoyed the outdoors and spending time on the lake. He was employed at Mall City Mechanical and was working to become a plumber. Jaryd loved fast cars especially his mustang, riding his ninja motorcycle, girls and had a smile and personality that could light up a room. Jaryd was a great uncle to his two nieces and nephew.

Surviving are his mother, Christine Ford (Brett Cobble) of Plainwell and father, Rich Ford of St. Joseph, MI; his siblings, Jessica (Ryan) Shook, Jacob Ford and Jaxon Ford all of Plainwell; his step-siblings, Alexandra Cobble and Devin Cobble; his two nieces, Ava Shook and Ella Shook; his nephew, Kobe Shook; grandparents, Carol Ayers, Carol Ford and Tom Tungate; and his great-grandmother, Beulah Ayers.

Preceding him in death is his grandfather, James Ford.

Friends may visit with Jaryd’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from noon until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, with Pastor Sean Kidd officiating. Following the service cremation will take place.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Jaryd may be made to the Martin Athletic Boosters.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Randy, Kendra, Ryan, Lauren and Payton Hunt says:

    We are sending heartfelt sympathy to your family. We are so sorry. Love to you all.

  2. Ashley Morley says:

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to your family.. I am so sorry for your loss!

  3. Jessie, Jason, Natalie & Baylee Grofvert says:

    I didn’t know him that well, but at one point we called each other friends. I will never forget his help through such a hard time in my life, and how he made me see all the good that came from that. All of our talks and conversations I still look back on; Praying for all the friends and family. I am so sorry for your loss, he was an amazing guy to know and will be a treasure for the Lord to have as an Angel.

  4. Kelly Ford Schallhorn says:

    My prayers go out to the family. may he rest in heaven n live eternal life with God. We are losing too many of our young kids. My daughter went to school with him and always had a locker next to him because her last name is Ford too. God bless you Jaryd

  5. Dick & Sylvia Davis says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to your family

  6. Our prayers go out to the family for your lose. May God be with you. He will be missed very much.

  7. Kalley Watkins says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to you at your loss my god heal your sorrow and have everlasting life

  8. rhonda denney says:

    Praying for the comfort and peace for your family. We are so sorry to hear of this terrible tragedy. May God bless your family

  9. Phil & Tina Warner says:

    Sending the deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. May God give you strength to cope with your tragic loss. God Bless…

  10. Carmon Westberg says:

    So sorry for your loss! Prayers and thoughts sent for Jaryds friends and family!

  11. The warner family says:

    I am so very sorry that you are going through this! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers and Jaryd will live on in our hearts and memories. “That which the heart has once known will never be forgotten and will always be loved” I know my Tyler was waiting for him up in heaven – couldn’t ask for two better guardian angels!!

  12. allie cole says:

    I went to school with jaryd, he made it a better place. God took home a true angel. Prayers for his family and all of his friends. Love you and miss you jaryd.

  13. Jim and Julie Cutler says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Praying for strength during this difficult time.

  14. Bill, Brenda, Austen, Alex, Adam, Carly Nausieda says:

    So sorry for your loss. Jaryd was an awesome young man and it was great to see him at our home with the kids enjoying bonfires and riding dirt bikes. He will be missed but know he is in a wonderful place always watching over the rest of his family. You will forever be in our prayers.
    The Nausiedas

  15. Tammy Lober & Doug Verpooten says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. If there is anything you need do not hesitate to call. So sorry.

  16. Russ, Sarah, Olivia, Ethan and Quinn Gorton says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest in peace Jaryd.♥

  17. Emily, Steve, Mason, Rilen says:

    We are all hurting so much, and are so sorry we are so far away. I’m doing everything in my power to get there for support. I’m keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers. <3

  18. Christie and Curt Fontaine says:

    Sending our love and hugs to your family.

  19. Becky (Wolfe) Rose says:

    So very sorry…..sending thoughts and strength!

  20. Debi Anderson says:

    Prayers for you and your family. Have no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. One young man said to me today that Jaryd was the nicest person he went to school with said Jaryd treated every one as if they were the most important person in the room it never mattered what team they were or were not on. He included every one and made sure noone was ever left out. I think that is a wonderful way to be remembered. God Bless.

  21. Friend Of Friend says:

    I’m sorry for you loss, prayers out to your family!

  22. Kathy Ransler says:

    I was his substitute teacher his Jr. and Sr. years at Martin quite a few times. I really enjoyed him in class. His smile really did light up the room. It was a privledge to know him. I will be praying for his friends and family. Thank you. May God bless you all!

  23. The Susman Family says:

    We are so sorry. Prayers for peace and comfort to your family.

  24. Jane Mena says:

    Many tears today. So very sorry for your loss. May God reach down and comfort you in a way only He can

  25. Lisa Lambert says:

    My heart is so broken for family and friends.Prayers to each of u Sorry for your loss. GODS ANGEL RIP.

  26. Jay & Ashley (Hildebrand) Ritchie says:

    Words could never express how truly sorry we are for your tragic loss! Jaryd was an awesome person that touched many lives and will be deeply missed! Prayers bein sent up for all of you ❤️

  27. Tom, Terri and Rebecca McLaughlin says:

    Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Jaryd was truly a class act.

  28. Anne Carlyle says:

    My heart is breaking for all of you. The loss of your child and grandchild has to be the most devastating pain imaginable. May you find peace and comfort in your trust that he rests in the arms of Jesus. I cannot find the words to convey the depth of my sympathy. God’s Love and Peace to you.

  29. Dylan, Amy, Cassidy and Gavyn Steele says:

    Words can not express how deeply sad we are to hear this news! Our heart is breaking for you all! May God be with you all now and always and give you his love, strength and comfort! Please know we are here for all of you and if you need us! Jaryd was such a sweet sweet kiddo he would make us laugh every time we would see him and his smile would always light up a room! Our thoughts and prayers are with you ! Love to all of you !

  30. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Having lost our son 19 years ago, we send our love and prayers to you. May you find comfort in knowing that your son is now a special Angel in Heaven. God Bless all of you.

  31. Tim and Carol Hildebrand says:

    Many tears will fall for the loss of such a wonderful, delightful person. We understand you pain. We are so very sorry your family must endure this pain of loss. Hold your memories close and know you will be together again one day. Jesus will take care of Jaryd until you can meet again.

  32. Rick & Tina Davis says:

    May God Bless you and Hold you in your time of need, we are so very very sorry for your loss.Sending all our thoughts and prayers to his family and Friends whos hearts are truly breaking <3

  33. Jerry, Pat, Jenny & MacKenzie Curry says:

    We are truly sorry for your loss and hope that with time you will find peace with the Lord. Our deepest condolences & prayers to the whole family!

  34. Princess says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family at this time.

  35. Jeff, Kristy, Morgan & Collin Warner says:

    Sending you thoughts of comfort and praying for peace and strength during this difficult time. Words cannot express the sadness we feel about the tragic loss of Jaryd. Jaryd will be forever in our hearts and memories, what a wonderful young man loved by so many.

  36. VanDenBerg Families says:

    Our deepest condolences and prayers to your families…

  37. The Dennany Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our boys have so enjoyed their time with your boys over the years. Jaryd will be one of the kindest angels in heaven. May the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand.

  38. Penny Risner says:

    My prayers are with all of you who lost such a wonderful young man. God has called him home early for a reason. May his sweet smile, and humbleness shine brightly over his loved ones, and may the Angels sing and rejoice a song of praise like no other as he enters the pearly gates. Sending all my luv and God Bless. Penny Risner

  39. Deborah & James Boyle says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad and difficult time. May all the wonderful memories of him keep you all comforted by his love for you. We love you all very much.

  40. Monica Anderson says:

    Me and Jaryd got really close after I lost my dad. He was one person I could ALWAYS count on to make me smile and laugh when I felt like I wanted to cry. Jaryd was a great guy! Ill never forget him always asking me when I was gonna turn 18 lol. He promised to take me on a date for my 18th birthday. But I guess that will have to wait. Jaryd truely touched everyone he ever met. He was a great kid who will be dearly missed but not forgotten! I love all of you Fords and if you ever need anything please feel free to ask!
    RIP Jaryd

  41. Joe and Barb Orr family says:

    Our hearts go out to you in your loss.
    We know how deep it cuts into your soul. take comfort that you will see him again and keep him with you in the wonderful memories. Sending Prayers for all of your family.

  42. Elizabeth Evans Grit says:

    of Jaryd! May God bless your family & give you the strength to get through the difficult times so that you can remember & share all the wonderful memories of Jaryd’s life. You will be remembered in my prayers with love.

  43. Allysa Vaughn says:

    He was a great person and will always be remembered by everyone that knew him. Prayers will be sent to your family. I love you guys. Stay strong

  44. John & Tami Damico and Family says:

    Rich, We are so sorry about your loss. Please know you and your family are in our prayers and we are here for you! We love you very much!

  45. Ribble Family says:

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. The whole Martin community is in mourning with the loss of Jaryd. May you find some peace knowing how much Jaryd is loved and how many lives he positively impacted everyday.

  46. Sue Graving says:

    Jaryd was in my third grade class at Starr. His smile was the centerpiece of his sweet nature and caring heart. Jaryd had a wonderful sense of humor and made his mark as a very endearing member our school family. May the memory of his smile and enthusiastic spirit bring you comfort at this time. My deepest sympathies to all of your family.

  47. Uncle Jim and Marie Tungate says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences. It’s impossible to understand why loved ones are taken from us at such a young age, and one who had such great potential. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Uncle Jim and Marie

  48. Elizabeth Garman says:

    To be honest, I can’t say I knew Jaryd very well. I knew him mostly from middle school. I can say that I remember very clearly his unwavering kindness, and his humor that brought smiles to everyone’s faces. Those small acts of genuine kindness effected not only myself, but to everyone around him. My thoughts are with his family, you are all in my prayers.

  49. lexy says:

    Jaryd, i don’t even know were to begin you will be sincerely missed!!! <3 my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends that lost you! <3 watch over us.. be our guardian angel

  50. Rachel Meszaros says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers to all of Jaryd’s family and friends… I didn’t know Jaryd as well as I would’ve liked and this situation is hard to take… I can’t imagine what everyone else is going through. Jaryd was one of those people that made a lasting impression on someone just by smiling at them. I knew him in high school and was especially thankful for him during our boring geography class when we would spend it hashing out plans to our ultimate fishing boat instead of listening to lecture. The last time I saw him, we were all going swimming and he didn’t bring a suit, so I brought him a pair of my short shorts to wear as a joke. Joke was on me though – he threw them on with no hesitation. The thought of him brings a smile to my face. He had one of those infectious laughs and always knew how to brighten the mood. What an awesome person. This world won’t be the same. You will always be remembered, Jaryd, by every person lucky enough to know you.

  51. Lisa McBride-Ayers says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  52. Terri Shaler - Christian Neighbors, Executive Director says:

    We are so very sorry and saddened for your loss. The loss of a child, sibling, and grandchild is one of lives tragic events that is most difficult to endure. Your family is surrounded by a community of prayers and thoughts. Praying that God makes himself real and present though this very difficult situation.

  53. Karleigh Masters says:

    Lots of prayers and thoughts these next few days.
    God gained a special angel.

  54. Kate says:

    Love and prayers go out to the family.
    Jaryd your smile warmed the hearts of your family and friends and your soul shined bright like a star. You will be missed by many.

  55. Vickie Zerbe says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family, so sorry and saddened at the loss of your son. Keep him with you in the wonderful memories you have!

  56. Connie McWilliams says:

    Prayers to family and friends there are no words to say to make it better, may god be with you

  57. Ron, Ethy and Mark Denardo says:

    We want your family to know that we share with you in your grief at this time. We enjoyed having Jaryd help out with our Special Olympics Powerlifting team while he could. He was a great kid with a very kind spirit.

  58. Rob Robrahn says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ford family and all of those that love Jaryd. The outpouring since his loss speaks to the positive impact he made. He will be missed.

  59. Mark & Nancy (Andy, Chris, Jon, Steve), Smit says:

    So very sorry about this heart breaking loss~I remember all the times Jaryd was over playing with the boys and the times they stayed overnight and all the fun they had. I remember coaching Jaryd with Tom in rocket football and the great times we had with Jaryd and Tom both on the team. We are praying and asking for comfort and peace for all the family. Love you all.

  60. Michelle McAllister says:

    Chris, I am so very sorry to hear about Jaryd. My heart is broken for you and your family.

  61. Eric Drewyor & Mindy Becker says:

    So very, very sad for the loss of this young sweet man… Prayers are send for God to Bless all with healing and peace.

  62. Dalene Anson says:

    To the Ford family – I was deeply saddened to hear of Jaryd’s death. He was an awesome young man and I remember his sweet smile and joking nature. I remember him always trying to pull something with me at Starr in the office. May your wonderful memories fill your heart during this difficult time.

  63. Annette McFanin says:

    I am so sorry for your families lost. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May GOD carry you thru this difficult time.

  64. Stan & Barb Jager says:

    Chris and family, I just can’t get our mind around this terrible thing but I know we aren’t suppose to question GOD, He wants the best and he surely got it. Jaryd was just one GREAT kid and will be greatly missed..

  65. Kelly Cotman says:

    I only knew Jaryd for a short time but his personality definitely stuck with me. He was so funny and charming that I liked him instantly. I feel lucky that I did get to meet him and I know how blessed you all were to have him in your life. My arm’s would wrap around all of you right now if I could and shelter you from this pain. Rich I know how close you are to your kids and how close they are to each other and that is a blessing in this time. I also know every time I ever heard you talking to your kids before you got off of the phone I always heard you tell them that you loved them. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  66. Lynea Hartig says:

    I was privileged to have Jared in my fourth grade class at Starr Elementary many years ago. I echo everyone else’s sentiments – that smile, that upbeat personality. What a wonderful boy. I remember telling his parents at conferences how much all the other students as well as adults thought of Jaryd. His dad said they heard that time and again from friends and strangers: “What a great kid you have.” At that time I awarded ‘Citizen of the Month’ for one boy and one girl. Normally the award was given to a single student only once in the year. That year Jaryd was made ‘Citizen of the Month’ repeatedly and I do not recall any child quibbling over it. They knew Jaryd deserved that recognition for his kindness to all.

    My son, Dave, had a brief interaction with Jaryd when the Plainwell varsity football players were helping the Rocket Football kids work out on a hot and humid afternoon. Jaryd was wearing cleats that were too small for him but he didn’t let that stop him from running and practicing with gusto. Out of all the rowdy Rocket players, Dave came home remembering Jaryd as ‘such a cool kid.’

    There are no words that can truly convey the sadness and grief that come with losing a child. None. Just please know that Jaryd will not be forgotten and that your family will continue to be lifted up in prayer during the tough years ahead.

  67. Steve VanDeWeert says:

    Our heartfelt condolences and prayers for your family. Words fall short to comfort us with a tragedy like this but we live with the hope of seeing our loved ones again one day!

  68. Stephanie Messer-Diller and Family says:

    Chris & family, I cant even begin to find the words to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. Our entire family sends their prayers and love to all of you..

  69. Kathy Richardson says:

    Chrissy I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers…

  70. Tom & Linda Meyers & Sons says:

    Chris & Brett & Family,

    I only saw Jaryd a few times at the Red Barn, never knew him personally, but to read all of the above, what a legacy for such a young man! What I do know is that all I have ever heard is what a generous and loving Mother you were to him Chris, over and over again, I have heard this.

    To lose a child I cannot even begin to imagine your pain, I truly believe though GOD has a plan for all of us and when we have accomplished that plan, he calls us back home. My Nephew became one of these Angels also at 16 yrs old due to a car accident.

    You have your Angel that walks besides you now and always. Open your hearts and minds, Jaryd will let you know that he has made it home. Open your hearts to what is around you, there are no such things as coincidences, Jaryd will let you know that he has found peace, and then you will be able to find peace in your hearts once again……Smile at your Angel when you look towards the sky, he has the best seat in the house, and I am sure as he is watching over you now, he is smiling down at you all also 🙂
    Love and Prayers Chris & Brett and to your family,
    Tom & Linda Meyers & Boys

  71. Stan Leep Farms says:

    Chris & Brett & Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Son Jaryd, our hearts go out to you and your family at this very sad time. Remembering the memories, looking at pictures, talking of all the great fun times spent with Jaryd, hoping these things will help the healing process. May GOD speed.

    Love and Prayers,

    All of us at Stan Leep Farms

  72. John & Dee (Whitaker) Schuiteboer says:

    There are really no words that are enough for the loss of a child, but please know how sorry we are for the heartache & pain you are going thru. Praying for comfort for the whole family.

  73. Steve English says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Jaryd. The comments written about Jaryd from his friends, family and classmates are very touching.

    Wishing you God’s peace.

  74. Cheryl Owens-Nebedum says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May God guide you and comfort you during this challenging time.

  75. Rich and Kathy Weller says:

    To the family of Jaryd,

    Our prayers and hearts go out to you, in this time of suffering.

  76. Troy, PJ, Christopher, Seth and Karlee says:

    It is such a pleasure to say we knew such a great kid. We (my kids and I) have so many memories growing up with the Ford kids. Christopher, Jessica and Stephanie, Shane and Brittnee with their daycare stories. Seth will never forget Grandpa Toms’s enormous slide in the back yard and Karlee just loves her some Chris Ford. We love you all and are very saddened for your loss. RIP Jaryd

  77. Joe Stout says:

    First of all, my heartfelt sympathy to the family, who I know from experience is going through unimaginable sorrow that consumes every second of your day. Although there is nothing I can say at this moment to make that pain go away, I can tell you with certainty, that in time that sorrow will morph into appreciation for the amazing young man that brightened your lives. I had the honor to coach Jaryd along with his grandfather, Tom Tungate, in youth football. What I remember about him was his infectious smile, his fearless mentality, and his willingness to help his team do what it took to succeed. Just a great kid with a great attitude. He and my late son Harry were quite a site standing next to one another…both wearing smiles as big as their hearts. A memory I will always cherish.

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