The Rev. Robert Lawrence Ford
Larry was born November 18, 1937 in St. Louis to Samuel and Margaret Ford, joining his older siblings Sam Jr. and Frances, who predeceased him, and died on April 24, 2023.
He grew up in Webster Groves, MO, a proud graduate of WGHS who rarely missed a class reunion, and went on to study Economics and Philosophy at the University of Missouri and Washington University, St. Louis. After a several years’ career in the shoe business, he answered a call to the ministry and graduated in 1968 with a Master of Divinity from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
Over Christmas break 1966, Larry met Peggy on a blind date arranged by his cousin. They quickly married and remained so for over 55 years. Following Ordination, Larry served Episcopal congregations in Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio and Washington State. After his retirement from the ministry, Larry and Peggy opened a health insurance agency.
In addition to Peggy, he is survived by his sons and their wives Rob and Heather, and Dave and Betsy; by his 5 grandchildren Andy, Helena, Estelle, Kyle and Katy, all of Seattle; and by nieces and nephews Samantha, Mary, John, Ann, and Sam III.
A man of varied interests, Larry loved his church, his family and friends, RVing (especially at Yellowstone and on the Oregon Coast), guitar playing, flying, boating and fishing (though he rarely caught anything), prowling in hardware stores, fixing stuff, football, computers, road trips, and his past and present Airedale Terriers.
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Our Agents are passionate about helping people. Here are a few of them and their stories.
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Our dear agent and friend Carmen Watson Was our top producing agent this past year. She was happy to know this and felt she had accomplished a personal milestone.
Carmen and her husband Rob came down with a serious case of Covid. After fighting covid she passed away on March 13th. Carmen was a light in this world and she is now at rest in heaven.
Carmen will be missed!
Rob Watson is out of the hospital and is taking Carmen’s clients as his own.
We Know Medicare Agent
Russell is an Independent Insurance Broker specializing in Medicare Health Insurance with We Know Medicare. After devoting almost thirty years to improving patient outcomes through health care technology, Russ decided to shift gears when his parents went through their times in hospice.
Russ brings his passion for helping others to all clients in all walks of life. He listens to his clients’ needs and concerns and offers valuable information on health care insurance as well as life, long term care, and annuities, should a client ask.
Russ holds a degree in mathematics from Elon University and through the years has worked with a number of Fortune 500 insurance, pharmaceutical, and healthcare delivery companies on the technology side of their businesses. Russ is the proud father of three grown professionals, in addition to recently becoming a new grandfather. Family and friends (and his dogs) are his greatest joys.
We Know Medicare Agent
Joyce Joneschiet (Jonah-shite) has been working with Medicare Eligibles for over 10 years; first as an interior designer who started Encore Living Interiors in 2008 to provide a service that seemed to be missing for those Medicare Eligibles and baby boomers who want to age in place in their own home.
She published Encore Life Magazine, a free quarterly digital magazine and blog that offers resources, articles, and tips to baby boomers on travel, money & finances, aging in place and health and wellness. Joyce was also the radio show host of Encore Living Radio, a weekly show that’s a lively & provocative discussion with baby boomers & Medicare Eligibles providing solutions & resources to the active life.
In 2014, she closed her business to take care of her parents full time for 2 years at home. As she navigated the Medicare system for them, it became apparent to her that there had to be an easier and better way to understand what Medicare Eligibles and their families needed.