From a contemporary press report
STANLEY BALDWIN LEDFORD
Father of Bonnie (Mrs. Karl) Stapp of Edmond, Oklahoma, passed away on December 16, 2002, at the age of 88. Mr. Ledford, formerly of Washington, D.C. and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, had been a resident of Edmond, Oklahoma, for the last three years.
After attending Officers Candidate School, he entered the Army as a Second Lieutenant in Company C of the 117th Engineer Battalion and served in the Pacific during World War II. He earned the rank of Captain and, after the war, served at the headquarters of the Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. During his time of service, he was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Silver Star.
He married the former Mary Louise Weinrich on June 1, 1945. She preceded him in death on December 4, 1997. Their son, William Mitchell Ledford, II, passed away on February 16, 2001.
The Ledfords spent their married life in the Washington, D.C. area, where he founded Ledford Construction Company, Universal Construction and Insituform East. They retired to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 1980's.
He was active in the community affairs as a member of the optimist club and Reciprocity Club, Masonic Lodge and Shrine. He belonged to the Annapolis Yacht Club and served as Commodore of the Poplar Island Yacht Club from 1982 – 1983.
He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie and six grandchildren of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Services will be held Friday, January 10, 2003, visitation from 11 a.m. until funeral service at 12 Noon at Gawler's and Sons Funeral Home, 5130 Wisconsin Ave., Washington, D.C. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.
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