Charles Leonard “Chuck” Ford, also affectionately known as “Tiny” in his early years and “Opa” in his Golden years, passed away at his home of over 44 years in Marion, Texas, on November 7th, 2023.
Chuck was born in Mooresville, North Carolina and spent his early life as an Air Force brat living around the world. After graduating from Munich High School in Munich, Germany, Chuck joined the Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1980. During his long and distinguished military career, he worked primarily as a mechanic and a missile technician. However, he was most fond of his position as a recruiter in his final years of service. After retirement from the Air Force, he worked for GVEC, Alamo Group, and Detex.
Chuck had many passions including classic cars, listening to golden oldies music, collecting coins and being active in his church. He was most passionate about his kids and grandkids and proudly enjoyed supporting them with their many activities. He enjoyed coaching his sons in soccer, baseball, and basketball. When his coaching days were over, he attended every event he could possibly make that his grandkids participated in.
Chuck will be remembered by his sons and family as one of the toughest men they knew. Throughout his life, he battled multiple injuries and broken bones and faced multiple cancers while continuing to run circles around his family. Chuck never met a stranger and he left an impression on everyone he met. Although he is no longer physically with us, his memory will be forever etched in our hearts.
Chuck was married to his wife, Ira Ford, for over 53 years until her passing in 2017. He is survived by his sons Chuck Ford, Jr., Mark & wife Jennifer, grandchildren Taylor & husband Rob McClendon, Mackenzie & husband Reid Rothenberger, Peyton Ford, Della Ford, and Claire Ford.
Services to honor Chuck’s life will be held on November 13th at The Country Church in Marion, Texas. Visitation begins at 9am, Celebration of Life Service at 10am, followed by fellowship and food. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at 9am at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Pavillion One.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in Chuck’s honor to a cancer research organization of your choice and / or The Country Church in Marion, Texas.