Gerald Ford, 93, Former President Dies at Home


Ford_geraldGerald Ford, the accidental President, died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California at 6:45 PM last night. He served the country after the Nixon resignation and provided a needed bridge during the turmoil. Ford had an interesting and varied life, playing football for Michigan while in college, serving as a congressman for many years, and was the last living member of the Warren Commission that investigated the assasination of John F., Kennedy in the 1960’s.

The nation’s 38th president, and the only one not elected to the office or the vice presidency, died at his desert home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
“His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country,” his wife, Betty, said in a statement.
Ford was the longest living former president, surpassing Ronald Reagan, who died in June 2004, by more than a month.
Ford’s office did not release the cause of death, which followed a year of medical problems. He was treated for pneumonia in January and had an angioplasty and pacemaker implant in August.
Funeral arrangements were to be announced Wednesday. via  Yahoo! News.

Official Biography from the White House

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum page

Posted December 27, 2006 by
General, Obituary | 11 comments

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    11 Responses to “Gerald Ford, 93, Former President Dies at Home”

    1. strayze on December 27th, 2006 11:14 am

      It’s a sad day, but the day of the inevitable. I liked Gerald Ford and Betty Ford. He led in difficult times. He and his predecessor forwarded the cause of women by their early attention to this issue. Betty as the first lady was a marvelous example for women.

    2. tuyvnsurvivor on December 27th, 2006 12:19 pm

      I think Ford will be thought of as one of those many gifted opportunities for our country. Not so much different from my own/many of us lives individually speeking, where opportunity and correction of course came in the nick of time. Ford, for that moment in time…just the right demeanor. Not many, if any other, high ranking political figures could have filled the office, unelected no less, during that critical time of our country’s unrest. South American-like political fortunes were a real risk. So I was wrong, as with many of the day, when he gave a pardon to Tricky Dick Nixon, and offered the first phase of somewhat-conditional-honorable-reentry of draft dodgers back to our society. Was a good thing, for the country it was the perfect stroke of the smooth brush demeanor appointed Pres, who pulled it off…seemly so random at the time.

    3. kay zee ess on December 27th, 2006 1:00 pm

      I pay homage to a leader who justly pardoned the leader of a great nation as well as those who opposed the policies of that same great nation.

      He may not have been a Solomon, but hey, he wasn’t far from it!

      May President Gerald Ford rest in peace.

    4. MIss-Underestimated on December 27th, 2006 1:26 pm

      In my opinion this was one of our classiest presidents ever, the way he handled the Nixon situation and those of his personal life (Betty). No mud slinging to others, always classy, I doubt that there are many men left or upcoming in that class. Rest in peace President Ford.

    5. joe bear on December 27th, 2006 2:07 pm

      He was a who did his duty to God and Man.He followed 12 basic Laws and set an example,for us all.

    6. Patti on December 27th, 2006 2:40 pm

      At the time, I remember them saying, “He was the glue that
      held us together at a very difficult time.” He was, truly,
      a blessing. Besides, he was a pilot; and oh what fun he
      had. Everybody loved him. He always practiced what he preached and held himself to high standard. And, most of all he taught us how to love.

      Farewell, my friend. Until we meet again.

    7. Robert on December 27th, 2006 6:23 pm

      With Sympathy,
      To you all,
      From the NL’s

    8. mayan_moons on December 28th, 2006 2:21 am

      Thank you Robert. May he rest in peace and his wife Betty is in my prayers but i know their children will be there to take care of her so i won’t worry about her.

    9. Ames Tiedeman on December 28th, 2006 9:10 am

      Ford was the steady hand America needed in 1974.

      His loss to Carter in 76′ was only by a couple of thousand votes in a couple of states.

      God Bless Gerald R. Ford and the Ford family…

    10. tuyvnsurvivor on December 29th, 2006 7:01 pm

      Backing out a tad. Not happy at all Ford confides he pardoned Nixon in part because of their friendship. I want better than that, and sold myself on it as an assumed fact.

      Guess Saddam will be hung, and we will see the news come morning. Is it he lacks a friend in high places?

      Now the 3 punks, we concede they have friends in high places.

      A great, all the way down to ordinary office holder, to one way of thinking, must at minimum hold a distance on conflicts of interest per the office.

      In the balance of justice and a friend in power, justly the friend must use the power. Or suck.

    11. tuyvnsurvivor on December 30th, 2006 12:19 am

      That Ford admitted he pardoned Nixon because Nixon was his friend, undermines any trust our country’s advarsaries had for his words. Ford words, conditional to self service. Ford participaton on the warren commission more so in doubt. For me anyone of a power position who cannot restrain themselves from conflict of interest has no words worth hearing. This truely is angering. Democrats will have a right to toss firey stones over this, or to reserve the privalage for one of their next Clinton or Kennedys.

      So a juror is expected to fess up in the jury review if a conflict of interest could remotely be a possibility. A deputy sherriff is expected to apprehend even his kin for knocking off a 7-Eleven. A gas station is to charge any the same price regardless of skin tone, or English understanding. A judge is not to let someone go just because his own 3rd cousin is a child molester also. A parent loves each of their children exactly the same…at all levels this conflict of interest thing has a step at all heigths of the ladder. Masons for Masons expected eigh; auto dealers cohoot; steel makers collude; ol’ boys befriend ole boys; buds for buds. Ford doing this is a dirty embarrassing shame.

      And I liked it just fine when the pardon was for the good of the country. Public servants that stay too long are sure to become indebted

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