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Fred L. Ford Jr.

June 20, 2018

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Fred L. Ford Jr.

June 20, 2018


Fred L. Ford Jr., 72, of Halifax, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.


He was born in Wilkes-Barre on May 15, 1946, a son of the late Fred L. and Sara Jones Ford.  He was a graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School and a graduate of Lees-McRae College and Wilkes University.


He was a U.S. Army veteran serving with the 759th Military Police during the Vietnam War.


Mr. Ford was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Welfare, retiring in 2005.  He led the development of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare Child Support Website while at PACSES.


Mr. Ford was a community activist who was one of the founders of the Heights Packers football team and the Wyoming Valley Junior Football Conference.  He later moved to Halifax, PA, where he was a member of the Halifax Township Planning Commission.  He was also chairman of the Halifax Water and Sewer Authority and chairman of the Halifax Township Recreation Authority.


Master Ford was involved in the martial arts for most of his life.  He held advance black belt degrees in Judo, Shotokan Karate and Goshin Budo Jiu Jitsu.  Master Ford was a member of the Kodokan and the International Judo Federation.  He was associated with the Ed Martin School of Self Defense in Wilkes-Barre for over twenty years.


He was an avid outdoorsman , who loved hiking, fishing and reading and more than anything enjoyed spending time with his wife, Jean, and his family.


He was preceded in death by his sons, Fred L. Ford III and Gary S. Ford.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, William T. Ford.


Surviving are his wife, Jean Peterson Ford; daughters, Teri Karboski and her husband, Keith, Olyphant and Christine Hamley and her husband, Jason, Mansfield, CT; grandchildren, Kyle and Alyssa Ford, Kira and Daelyn Karboski, Isabella, Jadyn, Jason and Joshua Hamley; brother, Richard J. Ford and his wife, Mary Ann, Spring City; nieces and nephews, Sara , Jennifer, Katherine, William  and Sean ; and several great nieces and nephews.


Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, Shavertown, PA.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 101 Erford Road, Suite 201, Camp Hill, PA  17011.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Fred’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre, PA.