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Published July 07, 2013, 12:00 AM

Jerry Morgan Ford

Jerry Morgan Ford, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at home under Hospice care with family by his side.

Jerry was born the 3rd child of Morgan and Arlene (Deitze) Ford on March 3rd, 1950. Jerry grew up and attended school in Amenia, North Dakota. At an early age, his dad put up a basketball hoop in the park on a dirt clearing. His love of basketball began there and never ended. In the fall of 1966 the Amenia school closed and Jerry finished high school in the newly restructured Central Cass School at Casselton. In 1968 the Central Cass Squirrels won the Class B State Tournament with Jerry as their point guard. It was one of the high lights of his life. He went on to play basketball at Valley City State College and was a player on the Hall of Fame teams of 1969-70 and 1970-71. He continued to play amateur basketball for many years, earning MVP honors at the State Tournament multiple times. Jerry also extended his love of the game by officiating boys and girls basketball for 35 years. Next to his family, basketball was the great love of his life.

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