Cleo G. Harford

February 28, 1927March 13, 2018
Play Tribute Movie Play Tribute Movie

Cleo G. Harford, 91, passed away on March 13, 2018 at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. Cleo was born February 28, 1927 at CAMP Slab, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, to Lester Bryan and Ada Ethel (Coldiron) Harford. He married Sally Ruth (Moore) in Clarksburg, Indiana on July 8, 1951 and she preceded him in death on December 27, 2011. Mr. Harford retired from the U.S. Army after 22 ½ years of service from July 1945 – December 1967. He served three tours of duty in Europe (1945-1948, 1954-1957, 1960-1964), one tour in Korea 1951-1952 and one tour in Vietnam 1965-1966. He retired December 1967 with the rank 1st Sgt E-8. He was employed at Ford Electronics Refrigeration Cooperation (FERCO) later changed to VISTEON in Connersville, Indiana retiring in 1989 after 22 ½ years, as a manufacturing production superintendent. He was a very active member of Clarksburg Christian Church, a member of the American Legion post #129, and a Life member VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 2695. He is survived by two sons - Thomas (Rhonda) Harford of Tucson, Arizona and George (Cheryl) Harford of Greensburg, Indiana; two daughters - Mercia Ann (Olney) Hatton of Derby, Kansas and Paula Jean (Ahmad) Rahmanian of Carlsbad, California; eight grandchildren - Bryan (Rachel) Harford, Joshua Hatton, Hannah (Nick) Gilveli, Natasha (Scott) Ogden, Kevin (Sarah) Harford, Darius Rahmanian, Uriah (Donna) Coy and Ben (Sarah) Coy; ten great grandchildren - Maddison Harford, Nevaeh Gilveli, Konstance Gilveli, Harper Ogden, Wyatt Harford, Emily Coy, Lance Coy, Kayleigh Coy, Mackenzie Coy and Ellie Coy. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother and four sisters. Visitation will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 4 pm – 8 pm. Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10 am also at the funeral home, conducted by Rev. Jerran Jackson. Burial will follow at the Clarksburg Cemetery with Military Funeral Honors conducted by the U.S Army and VFW. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarksburg Christian Church or Church Supported Ministries. Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Lester Bryan Harford, Father
  • Ada Ethel Harford, Mother
  • Sally Ruth Harford, Wife
  • Thomas (Rhonda) Harford, Son
  • George (Cheryl) Harford, Son
  • Mercia Ann (Olney) Hatton, Daughter
  • Paula Jean (Ahmad) Rahmanian, Daughter
  • Virginia Tharp, Sister
  • Esther Hammans, Sister
  • Lucille Workman, Sister
  • Elsie Byers, Sister
  • Oliver Harford, Brother
  • Bryan (Rachel) Harford, Grandchild
  • Joshua Hatton, Grandchild
  • Hannah (Nick) Gilveli, Grandchild
  • Natasha (Scott) Ogden, Grandchild
  • Kevin (Sarah) Harford, Grandchild
  • Darius Rahmanian, Grandchild
  • Uriah (Donna) Coy, Grandchild
  • Ben (Sarah) Coy, Grandchild
  • Maddison Harford, Great Grandchild
  • Nevaeh Gilveli, Great Grandchild
  • Konstance Gilveli, Great Grandchild
  • Harper Ogden, Great Grandchild
  • Wyatt Harford, Great Grandchild
  • Emily Coy, Great Grandchild
  • Lance Coy, Great Grandchild
  • Kayleigh Coy, Great Grandchild
  • Mackenzie Coy, Great Grandchild
  • Ellie Coy, Great Grandchild

  • Mike Clark
  • Zon Moore
  • Jerry Amberger
  • Lester Tharp
  • Curtis Oliver Byers
  • Louie Lane
  • Johnny Hammonds
  • Eddy Byers
  • Scott Ogden

  • Clarksburg Christian Church
  • Church Supported Ministries


  • Visitation Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cleo G. Harford

have a memory or condolence to add?

ReBecca Harris

March 24, 2018

Cleo what's the best superintendent I ever had the pleasure of working for at Ford. he treated his people with kindness and compassion and always work with us if we ever needed anyting. What he would come into the clean rooms and park is Cushman I would sneak up behind them and snatch it and hide it from him and then run back to my station and then let him look for it for a few minutes before I tell him where it was. He always knew who to come to and he had a smile on his face when he did. Rest in peace my friend. And condolences to the family.

Libby Simmons

March 23, 2018

Sorry for your loss. Cleo was a great person, I worked for him at Ford as did my mom.

Julie Sugawara

March 20, 2018

My memories of Cleo fill my heart with joy. He was the kindness and most amazing person that I have known. He will be greatly missed but I know he is smiling down on all of us.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

Love you all,
Julie Miller Sugawara

Sarah French

March 20, 2018

Thoughts and prayers for all the family...

Deb Eliassen

March 19, 2018

Thinking of you and your family with heartfelt sympathy. Sending love and hugs. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Gary and Cindy Beard

March 19, 2018

Thinking of all of you with deepest sympathy


March 18, 2018

Cleo Harford, was just one of the finest man I met in my life time. All ways had a smile and a kind word for ever one he met. I know all his family will dearly miss him. As I know I will also. Have lots of good memories to reflect on. Bryan and Kevin Harford his two wonderful Grandsons, from the Tucson, Az. area, Loved him very much and had Great Respect for their Grand pa Cleo. Rest in Peace Cleo !!

The Thomas Family,
Audrey and Brenda.

Fraya Moore

March 18, 2018

George, Paula and Ann,
Sincere sympathy to you and your families. Praying that the good Lord will give you comfort and strength during this very difficult time.

Fraya Moore

March 18, 2018

George, Paula and Ann,
Sincere sympathy to you and your families. Praying that the good Lord will give you comfort and strength during this very difficult time.

Joyce Thompson

March 16, 2018

Cleo was one of my Home Health patients a few years ago. He was a favorite and I will never forget him. Such a strong, kind hearted man with such an optimistic outlook no matter what. RIP Cleo! Prayers and Blessings for the family 🙏