100 Close Relatives, Friends at Rites for Henry Ford II

United Press International

More than 100 family members, close friends and personal staff members attended a private funeral today for Henry Ford II at Christ Church.

Ford, 70, former chairman of the Ford Motor Co. and grandson of the company’s founder, died Tuesday at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit of complications from pneumonia.

Although security was tight, there were few curiosity seekers outside the light stone Episcopal church, built in 1928, where Ford’s body was taken Thursday night.


A family spokesman said 107 people were invited to the private service, including members of Detroit’s business and industrial elite.

Relatives said that Ford’s third wife, Kathy DuRoss Ford, and his son Edsel II planned every detail of the funeral according to Ford’s wishes as spelled out in a note he wrote to his family. Ford was to be cremated following the funeral.