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John "Jack" Lee FordMarch 10, 1938 ~ December 2, 2017 (age 79)
John L. Ford of Kenton, DE,… “Jack” to his friends, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Penn Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, PA at the age of 79. He passed peacefully, as his loving family held his hands, sharing stories and memories with both tears and laughter.
Jack was born in Dover, Delaware on March 10, 1938 to the late Raymond and Clara Remley Ford. His childhood wasn’t one of silver spoon privilege, but it was certainly filled with the love and comfort of family. Jack is preceded in death by his three brothers, Warren, E. Allen, and James (“Jimmy”). His love and friendship with his brothers spanned their lifetime and served as a constant reminder in the importance of family.
He served his country as a member of the Delaware National Guard. He was a member of the Harmony Lodge of Smyrna where he was just recently honored for 50 years of Masonic service. He had served as a councilman for his beloved hometown of Kenton. He was a member of the Kenton United Methodist Church and more recently enjoyed the services of “Pastor Scott” of 4 the World Ministries.
Jack served as the service manager and body shop manager for Willis Chevrolet for over 40 years where he made many friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Rose Marie (“Ree”). They were high school sweethearts, destined to raise a family, travel abroad, and share many many fond memories. Jack and Rose have two sons, Jeff and his wife Vicki, David and his wife Terri; four grandchildren, Jamie Melson and her husband Scott, Travis Ford and his wife Lauren, John Ford and Jordon Ford; two great grandchildren, Ava Melson and the newest addition to the Ford family Jackson (son of Travis and Lauren).
Jack loved his family above all else, but if there was anything that came in second place it was his love of the outdoors and of fishing. He relished every opportunity to bait the hook and spend time with his friends and family on the sandy surf or on a boat talking about life and waiting for that next big bite.
A visitation will be held from 11 am to 12 noon on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the Faries Funeral Chapel, located at 29 S. Main Street in Smyrna. A memorial celebration will begin immediately follow the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Kenton United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 188, Kenton, DE 19955 or “4 the World Ministries” at 398 Christiana River Drive, Clayton, DE 19938.
Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome.com.