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Oscar "Tom" Ford Jr., passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 6 after a lengthy illness.
Oscar was born Sept. 2, 1931 in Harrisburg, Illinois, to Oscar And Amanda (Marvel) Ford. He married Cecilia "Teach" Teachout on Christmas Eve, 1953.
Oscar served in the United States Air Force from 1949 to 1969. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he completed a bachelor's degree in education from Central Michigan University in 1974. After a brief career as a teacher, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 1994.
He loved his family, his community and his country. Throughout his life, he was an avid sportsman, voracious reader, Tiger fan and lover of white spirea and lilacs.
He is survived by his three sons, David, of Empire, Thomas (Christine), of Traverse City and Robert (Marcy), of Elk Rapids; four grandchildren, Erin, Steven, Shannah and Stuart; and a great-grandson, Benjamin.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2015; a daughter, Deborah (Carl) Brewer in 2009; his brother, Noah; and sisters, Cora McDermott, Millie Bishop, Naomi Roberts and Wanda Carr.
We hope that you can join us for a celebration of the lives of Tom, Teach and Debbie to be held at the Empire Town Hall on Sept. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Please share a memory of Oscar by visiting his tribute page found at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on August 9, 2017
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