Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Learn the legacy.

1949

On November 1, 1949, Walter H. "Doc" Ford and Ross Young opened the doors to Ford-Young Funeral Home on Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

1953

In 1953, Walter J. Ford, Walter H.’s son, bought out the Young family interests and the name changed to Ford and Sons Funeral Home.

1957

Four years later, in 1957, Walter J. Ford and his wife Iris took over as acting managers of the funeral home and also opened a branch in Benton, Missouri.

1980

In 1980 Cliff Ford joined his parents in the family business to be followed in 1983 by his brother Kevin.

1986

In order to better serve the community, many additions have been made to the Sprigg Street location over the years. In 1986 Ford and Sons purchased the Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery.

1988

In 1988 purchased Walther's and Brinkopf-Howell Funeral Homes in Cape Girardeau. Shortly after the purchase, the firm was merged into the Ford and Sons corporation.

1990

The Mt. Auburn Road location was established.

2009

Kevin's son, Josh joined the staff in 2009 and currently serves as Vice President and oversees daily operations at all four locations.

2010

After 30 years of dedicated service Cliff retired in 2010 and now resides with his family in Mississippi.

2015

In March of 2015 Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson, Missouri was purchased and renamed, Ford & Sons Funeral Home- Jackson. We are excited about serving the needs of the Jackson community.

Ford & Sons Funeral Home was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Walter J.  Ford

Walter J. Ford

Past President/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Kevin  Ford

Kevin Ford

President/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Josh  Ford

Josh Ford

Vice President/ Funeral Director
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Kristen Ford LaBruyere

Kristen Ford LaBruyere

Administrative Assistant
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Mike  Cracraft

Mike Cracraft

Funeral Director/Manager of Jackson location
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Joe L.  Lowes

Joe L. Lowes

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Alan J.  Essner

Alan J. Essner

Funeral Director
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Rick  Wieser

Rick Wieser

Funeral Director
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Dana  E. Townsend

Dana E. Townsend

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Jerry  Goin

Jerry Goin

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Mary  Emmenderfer

Mary Emmenderfer

Administrative Assistant
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Saylor Hardesty

Saylor Hardesty

Administrative Assistant
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Donny Ford

Donny Ford

Funeral Director/Pre-Need Consultant/Monument Sales
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Florence Marshall Harold

Florence Marshall Harold

Pre-Need Consultant/Monument Sales
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Jim Welter

Jim Welter

Funeral Assistant
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Bob Osborn

Bob Osborn

Funeral Assistant
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Harold G.  Cobb

Harold G. Cobb

Funeral Assistant
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Terrell Weaver

Terrell Weaver

Funeral Assistant
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Clark Daniels

Clark Daniels

Office Manager/Grounds Supervisor
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Richard Schreiner

Richard Schreiner

Grounds Maintenance
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Matthew Daniels

Matthew Daniels

Grounds Maintenance
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Ruby Voshage

Ruby Voshage

Administrative Assistant
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