Craig Ford, 76, of Scranton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Craig was born in Berkeley, Calif., July 29, 1942 to his parents, Walt and Betty Ford.
After graduating from Durham High School, he married Frieda Mausser. Their love, patience, and devotion to each other sustained them through all of life’s ups and downs for 56 years. His first job cutting meat at the Durham Locker began a long career in the food industry. He worked for Del Pero Mondon Meat Co. in Marysville, Calif., then was transferred to Booneville, to help open and manage production in a new DPM facility. Through the years, he remained friends with his former colleagues and often reminisced about the great times they had while employed with DPM.
Craig managed Hank’s Fine Furniture store in Springfield, Mo. until a job opportunity with a meat processing company led him to move to Quad Cities, Ill. He later worked for Waugh Foods in Peoria, Ill., from which he retired.
Craig and Frieda then moved back to “the cabin” on Dublin Bay in Scranton. Being an accomplished woodcarver and fond of working with cotton wood, he often created ornaments and Swedish spoons as handmade gifts. He was a kind and affectionate man that made friends quickly with everyone he met. He would rarely turn down an invitation to play golf, but most often, he would be found fishing on Dublin Bay.
Above all else, he adored his family; they were the center of his life. Craig enjoyed spending countless hours talking and laughing, singing and dancing with each of them. He especially enjoyed polka and swing dancing with his wife and their close friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We love you, our husband, dad, grandpa and friend. Our lives will not be the same without you.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife, of 56 years, Frieda (Mausser) Ford of the home; son, Christopher Ford and wife, Jackie (Simon) of Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter, Corry Ford and partner, Chad Buckwalter of Quad Cities, Ill.; five grandchildren, Tyler Ford and wife, Carly, Ryan Ford, Jordan Ford and wife, Kayla, Bethany Ford, and Ethan Ford; one great-grandson, Hugo Ford; two sisters, Susan Grissom of Chico, Calif., and Becky Wilson of Ramseur, N.C.; two brothers, Mark Ford and Matt Ford, both of Chico, Calif.; friend and mother-in-law, Peppi Mausser of Scranton, formerly of Durham, Calif.; siblings-in-law Pat and Erna Harman of Paradise, Calif.
A Memorial Service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at Roller Funeral Home, Paris.
A private burial will be at a later date at Wares Chapel Cemetery near Scranton.