June 8, 1948 ~ March 20, 2021

Born in: Honolulu, HI
Resided in: Swannanoa, NC

Ford McHenry Ivey, 72, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021, at his home.

Ford was born June 8, 1948, in Honolulu, HI, to the late Ford Audrian Ivey and Nellie Laverne Crawford Ivey.

Mr. Ivey lived most of his life in Texas, graduating from high school in San Antonio, and then attending The University of Texas. He served our country in the US Army. His professional career was spent as an inventor and game designer.

Surviving is his wife, Dr. Sidney Fortner Fisher; daughter, Kathryn Ivey Burns and her husband, Tristan Roger Burns of North Adams, MA; son, Brian Joseph Ivey and his wife, Caitlin Mulhare Ivey, of Gainesville, VA, and their son, Lucas Brian Ivey; son, Ford Joshua Ivey and his wife, Diamond Ivey of Nashua, NH; sister, Janis Vae Norton and her husband, Alan Norton, of Buda, TX, and brother, James Edward Ivey and his wife, Lee Goodwin, of Santa Fe, NM.

Private family burial will be held at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery In Black Mountain.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. Matthew Graybeal here, I’ll keep it short, his impact has literally made a new world, or 2, with it’s own people…And now the children of those people, and their grandchildren exist because of him. GodSpeed Friend, Pioneer, Storyteller…

  2. A great man who impacted so many people’s lives. You will be missed but never forgotten. Praise to the fallen.

  3. I will miss you so much. I never told you how much light you brought me and how thoughtful you always were. May your memory and legacy forever be a light and bring people together in friendship and happiness.

  4. I have never met Ford in person though i have spoken to him over the years on the phone and through the internet on LARP related means. There is no summary that can encompass all the ways in which this one person changed the course of my life. If we look to the butterfly flapping it’s wings and creating such ripples of change around it, Ford was akin to a mothman. In strange ways the people i have met, the relationships i have made, the places i have lived… even the children i have had, were all set in motion by Ford Ivy… my life would be indescribably different if not for the contributions he has made to this world and to me. I have had both the best and worst times in the fated hands of NERO. RIP and have a wonderful time on your next adventure.

  5. Fords vision led to the creation of my community in GA. His life’s positive impact on tens of thousands of people in the southeast is overwhelming. May his memory be a blessing.

  6. Ford and NERO significantly changed my life from where it was when I started. I had an entirely different career than what I thought because of NERO. I’ve met many lifelong friends, and gone on many a journey because of Ford’s work. Thank you your majesty and RIP.

  7. Rest well my friend, you will be sorely missed by many!
    The light you lit will forever shine bringing joy and fun to many,
    long after we have all joined you on the other side!

    Keep the fire lit and the door to the tavern open for us!


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