Bookmobile Service Resumes Today

Jun 23, 2008 02:34:28 PM

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Kalamazoo, MI –

Bookmobile service was cancelled on Monday and Tuesday of this week to honor long-time bookmobile driver Dale Ford, who passed away last weekend. Oshtemo Branch Library will close at 4:00 pm Thursday to allow library staff the opportunity to attend visitation with Dale's family at Langeland's, 622 S. Burdick Street.

Dale Ford

Dale Ford passed away suddenly Monday, June 23, 2008 at his home. He was born September 9, 1966 in Kalamazoo, the son of Dale and Patricia (Baker) Ford. Dale was employed by Kalamazoo Public Library as the Book Mobile driver for their Oshtemo Branch for many years. He loved music, and professional wrestling and attending concerts and wrestling events; but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are his parents, Dale and Patricia Ford; his sister and brother, Michelle Dolph and Darren Ford both of Kalamazoo; 2 nephews; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Friends may visit with Dale’s family from 5-8 PM on Thursday (tomorrow) at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick Street. There will be no services. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to Kalamazoo Public Library or a charity of one’s choice.

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Almost a year has gone since Dale left us all for greener pastures. As one of his closest friends, I think about him every day. I know he was very committed to the KPL and believed very strongly in its mission to provide books, music, and other media to the community. He loved the Bookmobile patrons and took his job seriously. Maybe it would be nice for the library to host an annual picnic or something in memory of our good friend. I would be willing to help if any assistance is needed. Hope they have a great music collection where you are, Dale. We sure do miss you here. Sara Nichols
I was searching for Dale on Facebook and found the article about his untimely death. Very sad. I did not know Dale extremely well, but we are both big Todd Rundgren fans and we used to run into each other from time to time. He was a very nice guy, it was quite shocking to me to hear this news almost a year and a half later........very sorry. God Bless Dale and his family. Tommy Orr